The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots who were trained during World War II despite their race, has been touched upon in Hollywood before. However, never like this. Today, George Lucas's personally financed $58 million movie about the heroic pilots, Red Tails, comes out in theaters nationwide.
Directed by Anthony Hemingway, Red Tails features an A-class cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, and Tristan Wilds among others.
Back in the 1940s and '50s, the Tuskegee Airmen earned their fame and gained fans because of their remarkable skills against German pilots. The question is: will their success story charm audiences today? Read what the critics think in their Red Tails reviews here:
There were some ciritics who weren't really into it, including Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post:
The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. Red Tails isn't it.
... and Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News:
While its cast is first-rate and its flying sequences sharp, the movie is as glazed and wide-eyed as a 70-year-old comic book.
Then there were others who say it's definitely worth seeing:
Lou Lumenick, New York Post:
Listen to the naysayers and you’ll be missing one of the best January-releases of the past 30 years, a well-acted, well-directed (by TV veteran Anthony Hemingway) popcorn movie with great aerial battles and solid dramatic scenes that hold your attention for two good hours.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
Red Tails is entertaining. Audiences are likely to enjoy it. The scenes of aerial combat are skillfully done and exciting. It makes the point that the airmen were skilled and courageous, and played a historic role in the eventual integration of our armed services.
I love Cuba. I love action movies. It sounds to me, despite some bad criticism, that this film could be one of the best movies to hit theaters so far in 2012. Check out the Red Tails trailer here:
Are you planning on seeing Red Tails?
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