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Red Tails

January 17, 2012

Just the other day Kenai mentioned the Tuskegee Airmen. It looks like there are plenty of films about this historical group of combat pilots.

P.S. and O.T. Apparently Red Tails producer, George Lucas, is finding the Star Wars fan disappointment overwhelming.

  1. January 18, 2012 5:58 am

    I’ve looked into this film a bit more.

    It looks like it could be interesting. However, I have little trust that Lucas actually made a good movie. After all, He did lose all credibility with the Star Wars Prequels and (it pains me to even mention this film… Indiana Jones 4….) I actually saw the last 10 minutes of that film the other week. A space ship?! OMG nuff said.

    My updated “bet” is that “Red Tail” is a way over produced / over the top action / glory film that no serious film lover or historian will ever purchase on blue ray and put on the shelf next to Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, etc…

    I will take a good look at the Metacritic reviews on this one BEFORE I consider plunking down some coin.

  2. Kenai 91 permalink*
    January 18, 2012 2:46 pm

    The more I think about George Lucas as a story teller, the more I think he got in over his head after his first star wars movie. We wanted deeper, but he just got “cheesier” with age. His vision was spaceships. And he couldn’t deliver the deeper story. Ewoks and jar jar? Really?! I didn’t even see Return of the Jedi at the theater. I smelt the cheese even back then. He didn’t direct or write Red Tails, so we’ll see if it’s good…

  3. 3Suns permalink*
    January 18, 2012 3:13 pm

    It is VERY good that Lucas didn’t write or direct. I wouldn’t even post about it if he had.

    As you say, I want to read the reviews for this one. Not just scores, but I want to hear from the people who know to what extent the historical figures and battles are accurately depicted. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if the pilots are making gansta gestures, and the planes have unlimited ammo, etc. etc. I don’t even wanna rent it.

  4. 3Suns permalink*
    January 20, 2012 5:02 pm

    Apparently it is horrific! LOL

    It’s better if you hate this film on its own merits rather than because Lucas may have pushed aside credited director Anthony Hemingway and put his hands all over this worthy story, turning it into a horribly written, trite adventure film that cares more about aerial battles than it does about telling the glorious but often heartbreaking account of the segregated Tuskegee airmen of World War II.

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