• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Hemingway
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 22, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox

Critic Review - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...though it's tempting to root for Red Tails based on its intentions alone, I fear it would be similar to clapping extra loud for the handicapped child at the little league game, a celebration of effort over execution.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comments (5)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)


Gordon Callaway

Gordon Callaway

Funny, that is exactly what I do. I clap for that kid because his efforts, with whatever shortcomings he might have, are a valiant attempt at something he wants desparately to succeed at, although he may have limited experience. The same is true for Red Tails. Films that chronicle the stories of African-American soldiers contributions to WWII are few and far between and they inherently are done by primarily African-American casts due to the segregation that existed at that time.

I grew up knowing of the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, but NEVER got the chance to see them as the valiant heroes that they are. (I sat through and enjoyed dozens of other movies abouit WWII though...)
I applaud the movie and the recognition it finally tries to bring to those heroes. Perfect? For me, yes.

By the way, comparing a movie you don't like to a struggling handicapped child? Real class.

Jan 30 - 09:50 AM

Ben Custer

Ben Custer


You should watch this critically acclaimed film about the Tuskegee Airmen.

On Red Tails, yes there's something to be said for trying to honor those who deserve it, but the terrible execution of this movie does the opposite. It presents the Airmen as cardboard cutouts, not real human beings, and they deserve more

Feb 6 - 06:55 PM


Matt Keirle

Gordon C (I wonder what the C stands for...)

"By the way, comparing a movie you don't like to a struggling handicapped child? Real class."

The ironic thing your comments elucidate is you are more biased than you suggest the reviewer is - you're just not bright enough to know it.

He doesn't compare the movie to a handicapped child, the actual analogy highlights the sentiment of appreciatinga thing for the sake of it, i.e., because Lucas is involved the film must then receive kudos - feel free to buy Phanton Menace on DVD if that's your view.

Perhaps you should examine your own use of language.

You describe this theoretical disability as a 'shortcoming', as one would a gambler, or a compulsive liar. You further assume that kid is male, and will only 'valiantly attempt' his object, but not succeed. And who said this poor kid would be 'struggling'? A little assumptive on your part.

Perhaps if you spent more time learning the inherent complexity of the English language, and less time beating the politically-correct drum, you wouldn't make such a fool of yourself.

For the record, I have ADHD and have had since a child, and I don't have a problem either hearing jokes about it, or making them myself. Life's too short to get your panties in a twist every time something is close to the bone.

PS - I grew up reading books about vampires and werewolves, but it doesn't mean I'm going to sit through the Twilight films - you focus on the subject-matter, not the execution of it. Critical Understanding 101 is calling your name...



Jun 6 - 10:29 AM

Earl Shepherd

Earl Shepherd

ROFL, eloquently inappropriate review! I too am not one to patronize in place of genuine enthusiasm. It undermines our definition of achievement, distorting our lexicon into interpreting desire as entitlement.

Feb 1 - 02:17 PM

Gordon Bruce

Gordon Bruce

"handicapped" ?????

Feb 2 - 04:43 PM

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