Movie Review: “Red Tails” Features Resiliency Against Racism

Brandon Lane, Reporter

The era is World War II and while the thought of black pilots seemed insane to most, it definitely was not for the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen were an all black flight squadron in the United States Army Air Corps. The United States Army researchers published an official report that concluded that black pilots would not be successful because they were considered inferior and unintelligent. Assigned with simple missions, the Pentagon believed that was all they could handle.

The movie portrays the imaginable emotions and hardships they faced as pilots while dealing with the racism of that time. The movie portrayed a general idea of how these pilots were treated from their white military superiors and their resiliency for surviving a war when their help and sacrifices were not appreciated.

This movie had a celebrity crew working behind the scenes. “Red Tails” was directed by Anthony Hemingway who is known for working on “Changing Lanes” and “Ali.” It was produced by Rick McCallum who produced the prologue trilogy to “Star Wars.” It was executive produced by George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars.”

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “64 percent of critics disliked the film while 67 percent of viewers enjoyed it.”