George Lucas has been trying to get “Red Tails” made for over twenty years. Why? Because it is a very worthy, true story about the all African American fighter pilot squadron of WWII. Why has it taken so long? Because the cast is almost all African American, of course. Like the Buffalo Soldiers of the Old West, the Red Tails of WWII were segregated from the rest of the military units and treated as inferior. B.S.!
That said, however, “Red Tails” is not a spectacular movie by today’s standards. At best, it is just another example of how shamefully prejudiced Americans have been. These excellent pilots were real heroes, but the script seemed to be watered down and without much depth. There was never any mention of cameras on the planes, so where did the footage of their shooting up the German transport train and the lone destroyer come from? How did they create so much damage with such small machine guns? If it wasn’t for the good cast of current actors and the interracial relationship presented, I would say that maybe Lucas made this film back in 1958 and just held onto it all this time. (Yes, I meant 1958 because it was that one-dimensional.)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.