Red Tails (2012)


Red Tails is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen from WWII, who were the first African American fighter pilots.

I feel like this story has been told before, but still, the trailer looks pretty good.

I can’t tell if it will be a drama about race relations or an action film, but I’ve always wanted to see something in between.

Well, not really, but I’ll still see it.

Essentially, during WWII, the US was losing a lot of planes to the Germans, and bombers were getting shot down before delivering their payload. This is bad. So the US Air Force decided to allow African Americans who had proven themselves in tests to fly actual missions. The Tuskegee Airmen distinguished themselves as courageous and capable pilots.

One thing. The trailer mentions that courage has no color. But cowardice is still yellow, right? I just want to be sure. You yella bellied bastards.

Red Tails

Anthony Hemingway is directing a screenplay by John Ridley, from a story by George Lucas. That’s right. Star Wars George Lucas. Expect slight deviations from history/logic. One of the black pilots is a Jedi, and he uses the force to avoid White Racist Vader’s attacks so he can blow up the Death Star.

And he has a light saber. It’s black and between his legs, but it’s made of LASERS.

Okay, so some of that may not be true. Can you decipher the clues and figure out who killed Roger Rabbit?

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Red Tails Release Date

January 20, 2012.


Who’s In It?

 Bryan Cranston … Maj. William Mortamus
  Cuba Gooding Jr. … Major Emanuelle Stance
  Terrence Howard … Col. A.J. Bullard
  Daniela Ruah … Sofia
  Michael B. Jordan … Maurice ‘Bumps’ Wilson
  Lee Tergesen … Maj. Col. Jack Tomilson
  Andre Royo … Chief ‘Coffee’ Coleman
  David Oyelowo … Joe ‘Lightning’ Little
  Tristan Wilds … Ray ‘Ray Gun’ Gannon
  Gerald McRaney … General Luntz
  Ne-Yo … Andrew ‘Smoky’ Salem
  Joshua Dallas¹ … Ryan
  Method Man … Sticks
  Robert Kazinsky … Chester Barnes
  Aml Ameen … Bag O Bones
  Elijah Kelley … Samuel ‘Suicide’ George
  Marcus T. Paulk … David ‘Deke’ Watkins

What’s Good About It?

It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. Best actor EVER. Show me the Money.

Yeah, I went there. Be grateful. I could have screamed it repeatedly, like, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!”

Oh, I guess I ended up doing that anyways. Oops.

What’s Bad About It?

Method Man is in Red Tails. Huh? How is this going to win Oscars? Turd.

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t know. Red Tails has a January release, and I’m not sure they’ll even get a limited release before the end of the year, meaning no one expects it to win awards. Hard to say. Also, the Hemingway directing is not related to Ernest Hemingway, unless Ernest had jungle fever. Which he may have. Hmmm… This bears further consideration.