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Enjoyable enough but where's the beginning?
on 17 December 2013
As a WW2 plane lover and war film fan in general, Red Tails gets an awful lot right. It feels like a 60s-70s WW2 film in the same vein as Battle Of The Bulge, Bridge Too Far, Where Eagles Dare etc. Not classic, as none of those were, but a good, old fashioned action romp. Don't expect Band Of Brothers levels of character depth and dialogue and it won't disappoint as much as it has for many. The CGI action sequences are beautifully choreographed and edited, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the film. Where it really falls down, though, is using the Tuskegee airmen as its base. Yes, the racism they faced is touched on, rather heavy handedly for the most part, but it's far from fully realised. The film begins too late in the overall formation of the 332nd and there's none of the establishing, recruiting and training scenes that were present in the original Lawrence Fishburne TV movie "The Tuskegee Airmen". If you want a film about the 332nd, get the previous movie as well. It's a better film, overall, for plot and pacing. But if you want a rollicking good WW2 air warfare film of the old school, this is still a very entertaining ride and, alongside the much weaker Fortress, stands alone as an example of a forgotten genre.