Thursday, January 05, 2012

Red Tails

I am praying desperately that "Red Tails" does not end up becoming another "Pearl Harbor" movie. I want to see it, but I fear it will be another computer graphics-let's-jam-in-an-unfittable-and-unbelievable-romance-plot-to-get-the-female-viewers-while-ruining-it-for-all-the-men type movie. I did not see, however, any indication of some pointless romance plot. Just a bunch of guys kicking ass. So I am hopeful.

Any ideas? Hear any rumors? Speculation?


Anonymous said...

Other than the obvious?

Ragnar said...

Fear not Captain Cabin Boy. Lucas made this film with his own money. No Hollyweird movie studio around to ruin all the action just to get chicks in the movie theaters while out perpetually shopping for worthless crap. I too am going to pay the big bucks to see it when it comes out.

Anonymous said...

I have second to Anonymous with SBPDL. SBPDL was the first thing which came to my mind.

Captain Capitalism said...

The SBPDL seemed a bit harsh on the Tuskegee Airmen. I never heard they never lost a plane. Plus you can't tarnish the whole unit's rep with one guys embellishing of his record.

Jay said...

Will suck compared to the HBO 1995 movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" which had Laurence Fishbourne, Cuba Gooding Jr, John Lithgow, and Andre Bauer....I won't watch it because I see it being another crappy action remake instead of a heroic tale of Black Americans rising above the racism of the times to protect bombers during WWII.

Trust me, ignore Red Tails and pick up a copy of "The Tuskegee Airmen" at you rental store.

Jay said...

Here's a trailer and I beleive the whole movie is up on Youtube, if any of you guys don't mind a lower quality film divided into 10 clips.

Ryan Fuller said...

So much for "no crappy love story shoehorned in":

I remember seeing something about the Tuskegee Airmen on the History Channel, back before it sucked. A bunch of badasses, they were.

Anonymous said...

It's the comments to the article that tell the real story:

"From the spring of 1944 forwards, Luftwaffe was being rapidly ground down by overwhelming numbers of Allied bombers with long-range escort fighters, not to mention severe fuel shortages. By the time the the Tuskegee Airmen entered combat in Europe in large numbers, May 1944, the worst was already over. Not to mention that they were based in Italy, and flew only some of their missions into Reich itself. As you can see from this combat record, there still was some fighting during summer, but after that, not much."

"There was a show recently on the History Channel called "World War 2 in HD" with vets being interviewed and their wartime letters read by latter day famous people. One person featured was one of the Tuskegee Airman. When he spoke, he was very clear and pronounced his words properly, indicative of a proper education. Yet his wartime letters were voiced over by "LL Cool J" (what kind of a fucking name is that?) in ebonics. It was comical yet very telling, having an articulate black WW2 vet have his stories recollected by some ghetto douche speaking gibberish."

"Getting back to the book “THE EMPLOYMENT OF NEGRO TROOPS by Ulysses Lee, someone who has more time than I needs to summarize the problems the colored man brought to the military. What I can gather is
1- Many were illiterate
2- Few knew what a prophylactic was and much less wanted to use it.
3- Syphilis was almost epidemic among potential draftees and soldiers.
4- Generally colords were adequate in support units but were deficient in combat or first echelon assignments.
5- The Tuskegee program was the darling of Eleanor Roosevelt so it had to succeed at all costs."

Basically, a movie about aristocratic 1940s black people rigorously selected from the top IQs of their race for a political show program with nearly every white person in the program hand-holding them throughout training would be much more accurate, but far less the OHMIGAD DAWG WE FIGHTER PILOTS NOW effect the movie seems to be going for. It will make little money at the box office, but it's negative effects in the real Air Force on credulous liberal types will only be terrible, as it will likely become "not mandatory, but EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED VIEWING MATERIAL" on most pozzed Air Force posts.

George Lucas is good at directing the WW2-style sequences in WW2-style movies, but terrible at everything else. Actually, you can see this ham-handedness in the new review of Crystal Skull at Red Letter Media:

Ryan Fuller said...

I like to think that I'm fairly likely to be exposed to differing viewpoints, but I had no idea about a lot of this stuff about the Tuskegee Airmen. I thought they never lost a bomber, for example. I didn't know they didn't see major combat until May 1944 either.

Apparently they weren't as badass as I thought.

Eman said...

As long as George Lucas approaches the subject of the 'Tuskegee Airmen' accurately, respectfully, and in a non-PC realistic manner, then go for it! After all, it worked well with 'Glory', 'The Shawshank Redemption', and 'The Green Mile'.

I have to be honest with you...being a sane black male myself, I hate it when 'Tinseltown' and these feminists choose to negatively portray the stereotypical black man in the movies on account of affirmative action and political correctness. I don't like to play that 'race card' nonsense--for I'm above it.

So it's not going to be like another 'Star Wars', but please...'SBPDL' needs to cut out the condescending's just a movie for crying out loud.


Aeroguy said...

"it will likely become "not mandatory, but EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED VIEWING MATERIAL" on most pozzed Air Force posts."
Checkpoints (a magazine for Air Force Academy Grads) had a spread talking it up, apparently they already had most of the cadet wing herded over for an advance screening of the film. So long as it's focused on planes, flying, and fighting I'll be happy to watch it.