Red Tails is a very important film, one that almost never saw the light of day because Hollywood did not know how to market a film with an all Black cast. You market a film with all brown people the same way you would market any other action film. Hollywood is certainly not having a problem shoving a down our throats.
It still baffles me that Hollywood didn’t know what to do with Red Tails, but since Hollywood is enamered with remakes and bringing everything to the big screen in 3D, I am really not surprised. Hollywood, for the lack of a better word, sucks! To be honest, Red Tails is a film that I would not have much interest in if there was no connection to the African-American experience. I am not a fan of war films, but because the success of this film opening weekend will send a very strong message to Hollywood in terms of the power of Black films I was more than happy to see it.
It’s a very good film. I am always happy to see Black faces on the big screen because it means Black folks are working and are being represented! I’ve heard that some Black women are upset that one of the characters (Lightning) is in love with an Spanish speaking Italian woman. Well, guess what ladies, they are based in Italy. Is this really such a big deal or a big surprise??? Don’t get me wrong, I get where the frustrartion is coming from, but it is misplaced, and by holding that type of anger you miss the whole point of the film.
I appreciate that George Lucas made sure this film was made and that he took millions of dollars out of his own pocket to make it happen. Quite frankly, that is the least he could have done and I am sure that he will make it all back and then some. The only complaint I have is that there seemed to be something lacking in the sound of the film. I feel like the war scenes wern’t loud enough and the cinematography was a bit off, but it takes more than $58 million to produce a film with all the necessary bells and whistles.
George Lucas has said that if this film does well that there is a prequel and a sequel that will be much better, so please support this film so that we can see more sexy chocolate on the big screen. Eat your heart out, Hollywood!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars