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monkeyfoot 1/25/2012 11:01:05 AM

Robert , I have a lot of agreement with you. George chose to tell a simplistic shoot 'em up fun version of the Tuskgee Airman. I believe from his interviews he wanted to do something that a young black kid could see true African American heroes who are well educated, skilled, talented, brave and proud of their country despite its flaws. He didn't want them to just have sports stars, actors, and rappers to aspire to. In that sense he succeeded.

In the crowded theater I saw it in every triumph whether on the field of combat or against condesending upper eschelon was greeted with cheers or applause. There was a mixture of young and much older theatergoers that were predominately African-American. It had the feeling of being a special event.

As a film it falls much shorter than what I wanted it to be. The characters are the basic WWII movie cliches seen in many a movie from the 40's. The storyline is very, very basic and full of cliches. I could pretty much predict what would happen next, which isn't always a bad thing but it left me wanting on this movie.

A co-worker just walked in who saw the movie about a month ago at a speical screening given by director Tyler Perry and I mentioned this article I'm commenting on. I almost couldn't shut him up on how bad he thought the movie was. "It was another Pearl Harbor!" , he said. Damn that is an insult!  I don't think it's quite that bad but it is much closer to that film than say Saving Private Ryan.

I think George is at his heart a very simplistic storyteller. While Spielberg as he aged has done more complex, deeper stories, Lucas has stayed the same.  It more or less works for the structure of the Star Wars saga which is fairy tale. But for a true historic storylines he needed much more nuance, more depth, a tad more reality, a much better execution that through his surrogate director Anthony Hemingway gives it.

But from the audience reaction I saw at my viewing, he at least has accomplished his main goal: Heroes to believe in. But you'll just need to read more about it.

jedibanner 1/25/2012 11:10:28 AM

Well...I didn't cry at the end of Band of brothers....It was indeed touching but I did  not cry......I'm sure of it....I remember not crying......for sure......ohhh crap, I did cry, SUE ME!!!

Well, all this to say the movie is boring....nothing surprising here. Nothing against the idea of the movie but, somehow everything in this movie is predictable, the characters, the overall storyline, black attitude was just boring as hell (and I'm a WW2 buff)...and can someone PLEASE show Terrence Howard how to act?.


monkeyfoot 1/25/2012 11:11:25 AM

Oh, and I agree with you on the mini-series ala Band of Brothers. That would have been the perfect avenue for this story. Then you could tell everything.


Beardeer 1/25/2012 11:14:09 AM

I think you fellas should relax and enjoy. This was a movie, not an essay.

jedibanner 1/25/2012 12:21:41 PM

yeah Beardeer, but one hell of a sh@#$y movie.

shac2846 1/25/2012 12:29:05 PM

The problems with Red Tails was all in the script. I appreciate your assesment of maybe Lucas should have done Tuskegee as a tv mini-series, but would it have been better with the same style of writing? These men are extrordinary heroes and they deserved the best film hollywood could make whether they took some liberties or not. I could not understand why the dialogue and the scenes were just so bad other than to comfirm what many people already believe and that is George Lucas while he has given us some great memories in the past is no real storyteller. I mean there was just no excuse for this great story to be so below average in every way when their real lives in the war were fascinating enough. Escpecially given the fact that Lucas has put in almost twenty years of prep work. There's just no excuse. Between the Prequels, Indy 4, and now Red Tails, I can only imagine how bad his art films are going to be when he retires from mainstream to pursue that. 

samson 1/25/2012 1:40:08 PM

 I enjoyed the film. But, it wasn't a good movie by any stretch of the word. But, it worked as a popcorn war flick. It was about the action more than anything else. The dog fights were nice and very crowd pleasing.



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