Movie Review: Red Tails

You make a decision to defend your country in an era where many in your country would not fight for you. You go above and beyond to prepare yourself educationally and in training but still are told you aren’t good enough. You are excited to be selected to go overseas only to be regulated to “mop up” duty because those in charge still question your ability to do your job in a quality standard. But still you continue to fight and fight and once given an opportunity to show what you are capable of, you exceed every expectation earning the respect of your fellow serviceman along the way. Welcome to the world of a Tuskegee Airman!!!

Thanks to Black in the Bay I was able to take part in the advance screening of Lucasfilm’s Movie “Red Tails”, a story based on true events about the famous Tuskegee Airmen combat pilots of World War II.

I decided not to look up the trailer because I wanted to see the film without any preconceived notions. The only confirmed actors that I was aware of in the movie were Cuba Gooding Jr.¬†and Terrence Howard who was dubbed the star actors, and while they took the headlines, they were not the only stars of the movie. The primary characters were Martin “Easy” Julian played by Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, The Secret Lives of Bees), Joe “Lightening” Little played by David Oyelowo and Ray “Junior/Ray Gun” Gannon played by Tristen Wilds (The Wire, Secret Lives of Bees) were Ne-yo, Method Man, and Marcus Paulk (Moesha, Roll Bounce)

The focal characters were Easy, Lightening, and Junior and throughout the movie we are given insight to their lives and challenges faced beyond the racial tension with fellow American soldiers and the fight in the sky with the Germans. Writer John Ridley (Three Kings) did an excellent job of allowing the viewer to peek in the window to get a glimpse of what black soldiers dealt with when not in combat. I have always had the utmost respect for everyone during that time period because our ancestors always had to fight two battles: the natural obstacles that come with being successful in any field of endeavor while being in a bitter racial climate.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is a history buff because it told a side of a story that still few of us have gotten to see.

“Politics is the art of postponing a decision until it is no longer relevant” (a great website where you can find more information about these heroic men)