Friday, January 20, 2012

Red Tails


Ah January, oh January.  Oh, how I hate you, January.  Not only are the holidays over, but us movie buffs have to suffer through one bad movie after another.  Let me tell you, it's been a rough week at the movies.  And it's no coincidence that January's typically a bad month for films, because if they were any good the studio would have pushed to get them out by year end to make them eligible for the awards season.  This movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American combat pilots in the US Army Air Corps that fought in World War II, wouldn't have stood a chance.  And that's too bad because there's definitely a story worth telling here, buried under poor casting, roll-your-eyes acting, inferior direction, and a laughably cheesy score.  In fact, that story was already told, better, on HBO in 1995, also featuring Cuba Gooding Jr.  This version, produced by George Lucas, is inferior.  And, as usual, overindulgent filmmakers tend to think longer is better.  It's not.  Some of us have to get up early to talk about these bore-fests on TV.

Grade: D+

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