Red Tails – Worthy

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Red Tails

BN-W Says…Worthy

N-word
Yes, n-word used once…

Miscellaneous

Although this film bordered between mediocre and worthy from BN-W’s standpoint, the latter was chosen because of the importance of its historical nature. Unfortunately, the film is not well written, which is probably why the production team conveniently described the dialogue as “corny” and with a “comic-book feel” during promotions.  While this big-budget film is obviously not a documentary and the plot is undoubtedly only “based” on true events, there’s enough substance to it that should trigger curiosity and motivate many people (in all age ranges) to do their own research and learn more about aviation and the Tuskegee Airmen (who were originally known as the Red Tails).  Jean Damu, who is a Viet Nam veteran, very succinctly and comprehensively describes details of the film in his Red Tails in the Sunset piece in which he explains the sunset narrative as being “pretty to watch but no illumination is forthcoming.”   In the piece, however, Damu does give plenty of praise to the film’s documentary companion –Double Victory.  It will re-air on The History Channel on February 6th and 13th.   See the details on its Education Guide and watch a snippet of the documentary .

As referenced above, screenwriters Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) and John Ridley (Undercover Brother) write a weak script (including the gall to quote from a “colored” poem) that not only has a lot of the self-proclaimed “corny” dialogue but it also whitewashes racism by making almost every White character ultimately “not too bad” and it gives no serious depth to the Black characters, but the actors nonetheless do the best they can with it.  McGruder and Ridley have been given many opportunities in the entertainment industry (no doubt partly due to their willingness to make light of the n-word) so it’s fathomable that they would smooth the racist wrinkles out a bit but it’s a guarantee that such ease of comradeship and civility toward these Black pilots were far from the case back in the 1940s, especially in the midst of Jim Crow legal segregation!  As for the romance portrayed in the movie, as Damu writes in the above Sunset piece: the movie had the Tuskegee Airmen with “no personal relationships with family or Black women” but in its documentary companion (Double Victory) “Black women’s role as spiritual and material sustainers of the Black pilots as wives and girlfriends is fully revealed.”   Imagery and its power – the not-so-subtle manipulations of moviemaking and screenwriting!

Definitely check the film out – or for more of the facts – its Double Victory documentary companion.   But if you want to see a live performance on the Tuskegee Airmen that has substance and passion, see the Off Broadway production of Black Angels Over Tuskegee in New York City. It’s been playing for about two years now; you won’t be disappointed!   Click here for discount tickets.

 

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