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Red Tails

Red Tails

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Great movie, but… we would've preferred a Black Love sub-plot, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Ridley, and Mr Hemingway.

Red Tails is an awesome depiction of the Tuskegee Airmen’s excellence in the face of bigotry.  The underlining message – stay out of our way and we can accomplish what we will.  We were great before.  We’ll be great again.  But I guess that’s the whole point of racism, right?  One fears another so they impose inferiority.

The videography in Red Tails, alone, is well worth the price of admission.  I loved its spectacular aerial views and cockpit video, probably because I’m the son of a pilot.

Red Tails is replete with great acting and star actors.  I think I even saw Ne-Yo in Red Tails.  Who knew he could act?  Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, Leslie Odom Jr., Kevin Phillips, Tristan Wilds, and Method man were among others.

Red Tails chronicles the true story of Black World War II pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who were barred from key missions because of their color.  But when circumstances arouse creating an opportunity for the pilots to prove their abilities, these airmen over performed, completing missions ranking officers claimed Blacks were too lowly to complete.

This is a great movie.   But we could’ve done without the Italian romantic interest.

Hollywood has yet to learn, or refuses to acknowledge, that Black people prefer to positive Black couples in film. Our decade support of The Cosby Show is prime example.  Perhaps George Lucas and Ridley could’ve consulted Lamar Tyler, producer of Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, for input.

I understand injecting a love story into a film increases emotion and makes a film more impactful.  But movies sell ideas. Red Tails’ love sub-plot would’ve been more community-building had it romanticized the pilot’s wives, awaiting stateside, and their undying love for these controversial men, than to have a pilot profess his infatuation for a stranger.

If Red Tails did nothing else it (again) showed Hollywood that Blacks love seeing themselves portrayed in a positive light.  Give us more of the same… or we’ll stand up and make more ourselves.

(No letters needed.  We are aware the hired Red tails writers were Black.)

Directors: Anthony Hemingway  Writers: John Ridley, John B. Holway, Aaron McGruder (screenplay)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama    Rated: PG-13

The drill down, from 1 to 10, ten being best
Plot:  7 Creativity:  7
Acting:  7 Met hype:  8

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