This movie touched my life. The juxtaposition of the beginning of the movie in comparison with the end speaks volumes in itself.
It wasn’t just a black story, it was a war story told directly from the cock pit. I got to experience the fear, pain, loss, joy, victory, and triumph of the soldiers. My heart was racing the entire movie.
The Tuskegee Airmen are a perfect example and reminder of the richness of black people. How we have continuously overcome barriers and exceeded expectations. Not only were the “Red Tails” the first all black crew of pilots, they were the BEST- black or white. The image of black people, due to media portrayal, has been distorted and turned into gum smacking, cursing, and fighting in restaurants.
Movies like “Red Tails” serve as a reminder of who we are and where we’ve come free and, more so, the stuff we’re made of. We are strong, courageous, and operate in excellence. We don’t have to settle for pants sagging, YOLO, and baby mama status. We come from GREATNESS.
The movie was exhilarating , from the effects to the actors ( Terrence Howard&Nate Parker- Lord, have mercy!) to the story and suspense. It was, simply, a well done job. It’s not very often, nowadays, that you go to a theater and get an “experience” while watching a movie, but this was it!
My only qualm would be that the only romance mentioned, let alone featured, in the movie was with one of the soldiers, “Lightning”, and an Italian (white) woman. I did my best to take that with a grain of salt considering they were stationed in Italy and it was not uncommon for soldiers (of any race) to rendezvous with the locals. It certainly was not too distracting from the overall greatness of the movie lol.
I’m trying not to give details away since the movie JUST came out. However, I can truly say that I walked out of that theater with my chest out a little further. We sometimes forget where we come from and forget the importance of knowing. The movie made me even prouder (if possible) to be who I am; even prouder that we have a black president.
Honestly, I could go on several tangents here so I’m just gonna say: GO SEE IT!
(P.S. I saw the movie on opening night and the theater was packed.)