‘Red Tails’ – Movie Review

Red Tails is the latest movie from the childhood destroyer George Lucas. It centres on a group of African American pilots in a training program who are faced by segregation who are grounded during World War Two but are finally called into duty where they need to prove themselves while rising their lives for a country that didn’t appreciate them. Right off the bat let me tell you that I was so excited for this movie, from the trailer it looked like George Lucas could actually redeem himself after ruining the Star Wars franchise. But I was so wrong, this film was absolutely diabolical.

The biggest flaw of the movie has to be the shoddy excuse of a script, written by John Ridley and Aaeon McGruder, both pretty unknown screenplay writers but that doesn’t always mean it will be bad, but in this case it really is. This script is just a massive ball of cheese, every word that comes out of the characters mouth just makes you curl up and cringe. Then again what did you expect from the same producing team as the Star Wars prequels, making this movie feel as though it was written by George Lucas himself.

The poor script makes for some characters that you just don’t care about, when you are watching all these impressive dog fights you couldn’t really care if they made it back or plummeted towards the ground, I know that sounds heartless but you really don’t care. The characters just have no depth or back story causing you to not care about them one little bit.

One positive thing in Red Tails is the amazing special effects that attempt to keep you entertained between the dreadful scenes where speech is exchanged. The only good scenes in this movie are scenes that take place in the air, yes they still have the occasional clichéd speech but the astonishing visual effects make up for that at times. I think I would have preferred this movie a lot more if they cut out of all the speech and it was just two hours of continuous dog fights.

All round the performances are pretty mediocre but the one actor that stood out was the always brilliant Terrance Howard. He has to be the only character that you slightly care about, but unfortunalty his good performance doesn’t make up for the script that basically ruins the whole movie. Even if this movie had great performances they wouldn’t have stopped the rest of the many failings.

All in all I really didn’t enjoy this movie, from the trailer it had so much promise, it looked like another feel good race movie but boy was I wrong. The gorgeous special effects couldn’t make up for the one dimensional characters that spurt out a spew of cheesy lines that no one in their right mind would think of saying aloud. Please avoid at all cost, it’s poor, very poor.

3/10

A Clip And Featurette From ‘John Carter’

A clip and featurette has been released online today for the upcoming Andrew Stanton Disney movie, John Carter. It centres on John Carter a human who has been transported to Mars where he is thrown into a civil war where he must save the princess. John Carter stars Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins. I’m not sure if I am looking forward to this film, from the first trailer I thought it looked great but the more footage I see the less I think I will enjoy this film. John Carter hits theatres on 9th March 2012 (UK+USA) and check out the clip and featurette below.

 

What do you think? Do you think this will be a massive ball of cheese? Are you looking forward to it? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading.

Trailer For Adrien Brody’s New Film ‘Detachment’

Apple have released a trailer for Adrien Brody’s new film Detachment; it is story following the lives of high school teachers and students seen from the perspective of a substitute teacher (Adrien Brody) I think that this film looks really interesting and could be a great drama; I do really like Adrien Brody, his performances are always phenomenal and never disappointing so I can’t wait to see this one. Detachment also stars James Caan, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston; it is set for a 16th March (USA) limited release so I will have to wait for a DVD release for this one (because I live in the UK). Check out the trailer below.

So what do you think? Will you be checking this one out? Tell me in the comments below