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This would by fine if it TV or straight to DVD movie.,
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This review is from: Red Tails [DVD] (DVD)
Overall I was disappointed by this movie. I expected a whole lot more. The special effects look ok, bit nothing outstanding. The acting was competent but nothing more. Would be fine for an early evening TV movie. Knowing a bit about he Tuskegee Airmen, I feel this movie glossed over a lot of facts. The level of bigotry and racism these men had to face from their OWN side and the struggles they had to face did not come across.
The Nazi's in this move come across as cartoon like caricatures with no depth at all. In fact, that could be a good overall description of the whole move, very little depth! Glad I did not pay full price at HMV or I would be even more disappointed!
Overall, I am not saying it's the worst I've seen. However, the movie could've been longer without the soap opera boy meets girl elements which simply got in the way.
As for calling it a TV movie, some TV movies can be good. Red Tails is quite inferior to another movie on the same subject, 'The Tuskegee Airmen' from 1995 Starring Laurence Fishburn and John Lithgow amongst other well known faces. Although a TV movie, with The Tuskegee Airmen one gets a much fuller, more rounded view of the struggles these brave pilots (and groundcrew) had to overcome and the fact that they were fighting a war on TWO fronts!