One longs for more scenes between the ensemble on the ground, but the emphasis on aerial (and digital) technology leaves the characters without context.
A patriotic but blatantly unremarkable film that could have been much much more.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The actors' convincing portrayals and realistic bond with each other, along with the spectacular visual and sound effects created by Lucas, makes Red Tails feel genuine and powerful.
| Original Score: 7/10
With an inspiring source story, talented actors, and one of the most profitable production companies backing the film, it's genuinely hard to imagine where it all went wrong.
| Original Score: 2/5
There certainly is an interesting story to be told at the heart of "Red Tails," but unfortunately director Anthony Hemingway and screenwriters John Ridley and Aaron McGruder couldn't get at it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Red Tails is all broad strokes, and I have to admit that it stroked me good.
| Original Score: 8/10
This is a proper war film. That's to say one with crazy dogfights and (no, really) Nazis with prominent scars.
| Original Score: 3/5
The finished product makes a great case, perhaps the best yet filmed, for remaining anonymous and achieving nothing.
Why, one wonders, didn't Lucas persuade his friend Steven Spielberg to take on this subject and treat it with the authority and respect he brought to Band of Brothers?
The actors do their best, but the lines they have to deliver are toe-curlingly bad. Things get better when the planes are in the air, but the film's aerial dogfights are so blatantly computer-generated that the action fails to thrill.
What a missed opportunity.
While the film soars in the skies, on the ground there's nothing original in the script.
It's an inspirational story and its infectious sense of camaraderie may well be an effective recruitment film for the U.S. air force.
Executive producer George Lucas brings a healthy dose of his Star Wars magic to the CGI of the spectacular aerial sequences.
The true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American second world war flying aces, is one of those amazing tales that you just couldn't make up.
Red Tails is a war action buff's matinee delight. It could be argued that making a more gritty account would have detracted from the focus on the strong buddy element ...
It functions primarily as a reminder that Cuba Gooding Jr. is still alive and touting for work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Red Tails has been described as "jingoistic, corny, über-patriotic and old-fashioned", not by some disobliging critic but by George Lucas, its executive producer.
Like many films honouring the memory of honourable minorities in the grim days before civil rights, this George Lucas-produced war epic is an insomnia cure.
The distilled essence of this story is surely of more long term value than what Britain's own Tony Scott and Tom Cruise were dealing with in Top Gun.