Thursday, 7 May 2015
POPCORN REVIEW: RED TAILS
Soaring past the injustices of racism that still unbelievably cruelly exist today, 'Red Tails' takes flight. The Anthony Hemingway direction on true events is backed by the great George Lucas who knows a thing or two about aerial assaults. Still these flying falcons give us the first Lucasfilm, not belonging to the 'Star Wars' or 'Indiana Jones' franchises in over 20 years of cinema. And what a film to break that barrier too. One depicting the African-American Red Tail fighter pilots that battled more than one war, as they overcame years and tears of prejudice to show that they where as brave and as worthy a soldier as any man. On the same wing and flight plan of a 'Memphis Belle' or 'Monuments Men' its refreshing to see a fairer war film about overcoming the most abhorrent abuse not resort to 'Inglorious', 'Unchained' comic-book violence, with all due respect to the terrific Tarantino. This is an inspired history lesson that even children could...and should watch. This epic ensemble features a stellar squadron, featuring the lovable likes of Nate Turner, Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelly, Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, rapper Method Man and singer Ne-Yo with the lip of an accented performance. Yet its those who've battled through racially charged dramas before that make the real stand. From 'Selma's' Martin Luther King, David Oyelowo to Michael B. Jordan of 'Fruitvale Station'. Then there's the always intensely influential Terrence Howard of 'Harts War' who is on the 'Empire' series of a career comeback and the same going for 'Man Of Honor' Cuba Gooding Jr, whose so proud of his few good men here he can't help but grin into his captains pipe. The scenes of mid-air battle are a voyage for your IMAX screens, but the under all sorts of fire courage of the message here is what flies the highest. TIM DAVID HARVEY.