The Tuskegee Airmen Reviews
I was surprised when I saw this film and the number of actors who I recognized with actors such as Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Ned Vaughn, Ed Lauter, and many, many more.
This is a very impressive story about a group of people who had to go through extreme difficulties to even get recognized and ability to gain respect to prove themselves.
This is a film which may have you go WOOW! in recognition to the abuse, punishment, and segregation which these men went through to get acknowledged and to gain respect.
17/30 = Main Acting
15/20 = Support Acting
3/5 = Effort
2/5 = Eye contact on movie
59/100 = total
One rather gets the impression that they wish they could've found a spot in this movie for Morgan Freeman. Denzel Washington was, by this point, too famous and busy, but the movie has the same basic feel of [i]Glory[/i]--"hey, these actors are black; let's stick them in it!" Hence a movie with Malcom-Jamal Warner and Laurence Fishburne, really.
The secene with Eleanor Roosevelt isn't quite right. Sadly, I don't remember the details--there's a lot of information in my head--and Wikipedia isn't pulling it up for me. However, for a start, the whole thing was a lot more carefully orchestrated than they show it in the movie.
Further, and I don't know why they changed this, the real airmen, during their time in Africa, were flying obsolete planes that their white counterparts wouldn't have been given possibly even during training. Our heroes are shown during the movie as flying planes that were the same as everyone else's.
At any rate. We watch this movie to see Laurence Fishburne survive a whole slew of obstacles and just about everyone else whose name we recognize die horribly. It's in theory based on the real experiences of the 332nd, an all-black "experiment." In practice, you could stick just about anybody into half the film and have the same war movie; you'd just have to find a different reason for them to be disliked.
The other half the movie, and in my mind the more interesting one, is a more detailed exploration into the specific issues the Tuskegee Airmen faced. The political pressure on either side, for example, with John Lithgow doing a marvelous turn as a racist Southern senator. And good ol' Eleanor Roosevelt doing her part for racial equality. The battle scenes, which are half authentic footage, looking choppy and poorly-made compared to the rest of it. It's obvious that some of the footage is literally decades older than the rest of the movie.
Maybe they spent too much on the cast?
I get it and it had potential but it kind of flopped a bit. It is worth watching i wouldn't buy it though....the gist is a bunch of smart african pilots overcome racism to help defeat the nazi's and gain the respect of the bombers they are protecting...yea but it had alot of slow spots and not a expensive film which is fine...looked like it was just thrown together though....watch it if you are motivated