The story of the Tuskegee training program, a group of untested African-American pilots are given the chance to show their skills in combat, fighting not only against the German opposition, but for their own rights as men. While Red Tails is a serviceable story about the courageous act these men went through, it ultimately fails due to a pretty awful screenplay that has some poor leading dialogue throughout. The film wants to show the racism and oppression these men faced, being very blunt in presenting this point, yet most of these characters are walking stereotypes, leaving the discussion of racism lacking any real soul. There are unnecessary subplots throughout and character flaws that just come off as cliche and unnecessary for what the film is trying to achieve. The film does have some good actors, but also Ne-Yo, whose unbearable accent makes stretches of the film almost unwatchable. Being that this was a George Lucas production it isn't entirely surprising that the film lacks any real soul, which is pretty surprising given the subject matter. The air battle sequences are probably the high point of the film, a little too bright and glossy for my taste, but that is really the only reason to bother seeing this particularly film about the Tuskegee airmen.
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