Movie Review: The Lifeless Red Tails

How exactly do you screw up a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen? The now-famous African-American aces of the U.S. Army Air Corps, much neglected in their time, have captured pretty much everyone’s imagination over the years. Though maybe not Hollywood’s: George Lucas has reportedly been trying to get this movie off the ground for well over two decades now and he met with resistance at every turn, as he tells it, at the notion of a film where the heroes are all black. That may well be true; Tinseltown’s liberal politics are often belied by its conservative intuitions. But could that also be why the film Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway have delivered feels so devoid of life or edge, eager to please and fearful of offense? Read More...


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