Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Red Tails - We FIGHT! We FIGHT! We FIGHT!

Did you check your stub?
 I went to see REDTAILS Sunday afternoon with my husband, children & mother. We all really enjoyed the movie. Although I knew who the Tuskegee Airmen were, I have never seen the HBO movie version that so many of my facebook friends were comparing it too.

"Red Tails," produced by George Lucas and directed by feature first-timer Anthony Hemingway (TV's "The Wire," "Treme" and "CSI: NY"), is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black Army pilots who served with distinction in Europe during World War II despite facing multiple roadblocks caused by racial prejudice. (The title derives from the fact that the tails of their planes were painted a bright red.) In the movie they explained the Red Tails as a way to show they stand out from the other fighters, but what they didn't express is that white fighters had began taking credit for their work! So they painted their tails red.

Did you see the movie? Did you think it was good or great? I had a discussion with my friend who thought the movie was GREAT!! Her audience gave it a standing ovation. That's awesome, but by all standards of a great movie, it was simply good to me. I enjoyed the cast, although I think that Ne-Yo should not have been in this movie. His character (or his acting) just didn't fit for me. Terrance Howard had so much power in his role that you didn't want his scenes to end. I do not want to give the movie away, but there are parts that will make you laugh, mad, happy and cry (if you are sensitive). I wanted more though. I wanted more character backgrounds, and more history about the actual Airmen. The actual story line left alot to be desired. When the movie ended, I felt like NO, this can't be it. I would surely recommend seeing this movie but it makes you want to go research the Tuskegee Airmen to actually learn more about these dynamic men. It was actually around 3000 men and around 90 remain now. The remaining airmen would be in their 90's right about now.

I took my 6 year old son, and towards the end, he started to cry when something tragic happened to a character he enjoyed. He started balling in the theatre saying, "Mommy! I am so sad!" At that point, I wondered if I did the right thing by bringing him to see this movie as people turned and looked at me comfort my son. After the movie, I asked him did he like it. He said, "I really did Mommy! It was just that one part that made me sad." I felt better and no longer had any regret.

*Also, did you check your movie stub? My friend with to see this movie with 11 other and was given 12 tickets for Beauty & The Beast!*

Did you enjoy it? Why?


NaturalSmile said...

I got a chance to see it today with my son! It was great! I think every young male (not just black) in America should see it. A lot of good motivational messages for young men. I was searching for the chant and that's how I found your blog. Pretty nice - good energy! I will follow you from time to time!

The Wife said...

Thanks NaturalSmile! I hope you do! And I agree, I think it's a great teaching tool!

Donnie said...

Great movie and please take the whole family to see it.

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