It’s rather shameful that more attention isn’t paid to the Tuskegee Airmen and their trials, tribulations and triumphs during World War II. It’s a remarkable story, and one that seems ripe for Hollywood adaptation, yet other than the HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen, which starred Laurence Fishburne and was painfully trite and cliched, there has been next to nothing in terms of cinematic adaptations. I mean hell, they make a damn war movie out of almost everything else, right?
Anyway, Red Tails is the new film about them. It looks very triumph-of-the-human-spirit-y, but it also looks like it takes the time to address some of the stark realities and harsh conditions that they faced. Also? The aerial combat scenes look absolutely amazing.
The film is directed by Anthony Hemingway, who is most well known for directing episodes of “The Wire,” “CSI:NY,” and “Treme.” It’s produced by George Lucas, who thankfully didn’t direct, but it certainly shows touches of his influence. As for the cast, well, it’s… interesting. It includes Terrance Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. (who, oddly, was also in the HBO production), Bryan Cranston, Method Man (!), Michael B. Jordan, and David Oyelowo.
Watch the trailer. It’s pretty impressive.