Are you going to see “Red Tails” this weekend? Reviews are rolling in.
Movie critic Roger Ebert: “‘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. ‘Red Tails’ could have done more than that, by more firmly establishing the atmosphere of the Jim Crow South that surrounded most of the airmen in their childhoods. They had a higher mountain to climb than many white pilots and reached higher on its slopes.
Jake Coyle (AP): ”Red Tails” reduces a historical story of deep cultural significance to merely a flyboy flick. Instead of creating something authentic and new, “Red Tails” superimposes the tale of the black World War II pilots on a dated, white genre of 1940s patriotic propaganda. “Red Tails” is blatantly old-fashioned, just with a change in color.
Karina Mitchell, CBS: ”‘Red Tails’ is a watered-down account of the plight and racial injustices faced by African Americans during World War II. It has to be watered-down, in my opinion, to tell a tale that reveals the racism that existed, but that also entertains and most importantly, makes money. Given those parameters, ‘Red Tails’ is a soaring success.”
Owen Gleiberman, EW.com: “As long as it stays in the air, ‘Red Tails,’ a George Lucas production written by John Ridley (U Turn) and directed by Anthony Hemingway (a veteran of The Wire and CSI: NY), is a compelling sky-war pageant of a movie. On the ground, it’s a far shakier experience: dutiful and prosaic, with thinly scripted episodes that don’t add up to a satisfying story.”
I’m interested in your thoughts. Have you seen the movie? What did you think?
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