Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Movies in Review: "Red Tails"
I had the opportunity to catch a viewing for this film a month ago, and was happy to come across those tickets. As you all know it is a movie inspired by the story of The Tuskegee Airmen. It is directed by Anthony Hemingway (directed The Wire & Treme), and stars Cuba Gooding Jr. who starred in the 1995 made for TV movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" and Terrance Howard who portrayed a Tuskegee pilot in the 2002 film Hart's War...interesting right...lol.
Well when the film starts out...IDK...it was weird for me because there was action, but it seemed to be missing a musical soundtrack to go along with what was going on in the film. The 1st 10min felt kind of empty, but I did go to a viewing, so maybe music was added later...I hope. No worries though, because the movie soon picks up as all the men get introduced. I loved seeing some of the black actors, many we haven't seen since their younger yrs on now cancelled sitcoms. For the life of me, how does Method Man keep getting cast in movies. Not to say I don't enjoy him, he is just always a surprise, and so random...lol.
Oh Cuba it is so great to see you on the big screen again. I need to see more of you my love...smh. I was so elated to see Cuba in this movie. This man is flawless, and I kind of wish there was more of him in this film, but then again, I guess there was enough. Unfortunately, the last 7 movies Gooding was in all went straight to DVD, and so far he has nothing in the future after Red Tails...smh...So WHAT!...Gooding you are still amazing in my book! Cuba stars alongside Terrance Howard, who is stiff as always. Ok maybe not as stiff as previous performances, but this man is tight faced and shouldered when he acts right...lol. Regardless, he still does a great job. There is one scene that clearly shows how much larger his one eye is compared to the other. I'm sorry, I had to share because I couldn't stop looking at it...lol.
The story and action were decent, although I felt there was a lot of down time in between. Luckily the story is moving enough to keep you interested. But the meat and potatoes are the actors portraying the Tuskegee Airmen. See below ( an extra few images for the ladies ;)
There were a number of other young black actors who completed this cast like Ne-yo, who actually wasn't as annoying as in his last movie, Kevin Phillips (Pride), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus Polk (Roll Bounce), and Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights). Red Tails was cool, the cast was great, and not just to look at ;)...B-!