Red Tails Reviews
With fairly low expectations beforehand, this I found to be a better than I had been lead to believe. Most I'm guessing were put off by the sheer old fashioned way in which this tells its story. The dialogue, plot and performances are simple and to the point, and yes more than a little cheesy at times, but it's very hard to make a film centred around war heroes and for it not to be a little too flag wavy or corny in places. Despite the rank simplicity I liked the characters, I found the romantic sub-plot sweet, and the action sequences are plentiful, exciting, and well shot. Quite honestly of all the so-called miss-hits of recent years, this is maybe the best I've seen and as such this gets a decent recommendation from me.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I'm a pretty big history buff, especially when it comes to the history of warfare. I'm quite familiar with conflicts the likes of World War II, and in that regard I guess I judge films set within these events more critically than others. The story of the 332nd combat squadron, the Red Tails, is nothing short of epic, powerful, and would serve as the perfect historical criteria to make a film out of. This movie, however, doesn't really capitalize on that. Apart from a few cool dogfight sequences, the whole film is pretty dull, and has some less than stellar performances, and pointless subplots that don't really go anywhere. My inner historian tore more than a few scenes apart, and the whole tone of the film came off to me more as a light hearted adventure, as opposed to the truly remarkable story these men wrote in history. The characters also never really felt as if they were in any danger when in the heat of combat, and even if they were, it's not like I would have cared, being that I barely gave a shite about the characters in general.
It is evident that the filmmakers' hearts were in the right place, but they still failed to bring a remarkable, epic tale to life from the pages of history.
It's a massive shame and a disrespect to the pilots who fought for this squadron, it;s a really interesting topic that deserves a great film with great historical accuracy and realism....I wonder if this will be released over and over with more CGI, could that happen on a lucas film.....The pilots are wooden, the script cringe worthy...cheesy awful dross...the BF 109 are flown by vader for sure....please somebody do this topic justice these pilots were ground breaking...honour them and dont cash in like you always do Mr Lucas...awful just utterly awful film avoid feel very sorry for cast....avoid like the plague....
An incredible badly written, directed and acted movie. The script is where the problems start: lame, contrived, implausible, laughable at times and hung ho with very silly dialogue. It's as if it was written for kids. It does no justice to the actual 332nd Fighter Group.
Direction is similar. Over-the-top, unrealistic action scenes. CGI that looks like it comes out of a video game. No, wait, video games are more realistic-looking.
Performances are hammy. Terrance Howard is capable of better performances. It is par for the course for Cuba Gooding Jr, however: he peaked with Jerry Maguire and it's been all down-hill since then. There are no performances that do credit to the acting profession.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording and requires another viewing)