RedTails The Movie Review
Ok, so I am a huge World War Two buff, and I am a huge Aviation buff. So when I heard that George Lucas had come out with movie that revolved around both of these I was ecstatic! I hear that movie would be based around the Tuskegee Airmen, an all African-American fighter squadron that fought in World War Two. For me this was even better as I felt it would be a very compelling story, because these men had to put up with racism at home and had to fight the Nazis in Europe. With the amount of time this movie had been in development, and with who was in on the project I never thought this movie would turn out as it did.
When I saw this movie I was stunned by how many inaccuracies that appeared in it. I had expected it to be more realistic in its interpretation of The Tuskegee Airmen. Now, I know that Lucas and Anthony Hemingway tried to recreate a movie that would have been filmed in 1945. Understand that is why the credits are the way they are, and why some of the characters are formed, but I really don’t think that it worked it this instance. I feel that they should have done that with a more fictional story with the war as a backdrop, not on a very real serious issue with real events.
As I watched this movie, I felt bad. I felt bad at how inaccurate these real heroes were represented and shown. The character development was poor. I did not have on ounce of empathy for any of the characters or stories. It was like they presented the characters, gave you their faults, then tried to dress them up as unsung heroes and shove it in your face. They did not let you build a real relationship with the people in the film. A fault that led to bad development of the characters was the dialogue of the whole movie, and how instead of just telling the story and letting the audience figure out things for themselves they practically spoon fed the audience ever plot point available. In one instance a group of bombers find that the will be escorted by the Red Tails. They say something along the lines of “ Oh, man blacks suck were gonna die.” then when the Tuskegee Airmen kick the Luftwaffe’s ass the bomber pilots say something to the effect of “ Oh, gee whiz, I hope we get those guys again.” I mean really?? just poor dialogue, It really helped butcher this film. I am not going to into the detail of the antagonist of this flick (evil nazi guy with a scar). I am not sure if his role was like that of a 1945 era villain or just another crappy part of the movie.
Historically, this movie did not fair any better. Yes, actual facts were presented, but some were not depicted that well. As in the case of the men Tearing up a German destroyer in the Mediterranean, there were no German destroyers in that area at that time. Another thing that bothered me was at the end when the group encounters Me-262’s, these have a 30mm canon on them and an explosion from one of these would have brought down a much bigger plane, not leave a nice little bullet wound in a guys chest. Not, only this but the fact that he whole German air force couldn’t fly. During the beach invasion it is a first time for these guys and they go in with old planes and kick ass, really? Call me a stickler for a real movie, but if you are going advertise as a history movie then make it a historical piece. If you want an action movie, make an action movie, but do not say it is one and it is the other.
Do not think that I do not appreciate that someone has tried to tell these mens stories, because I am. I am also grateful for these great men that did all this in real life so I could complain about a movie based on their experiences. I just feel that the filmmakers could have and should have done a better job of telling their story and presenting the facts.