2.11.2012

Movie Review: "Red Tails"

If you know me, you know I attend The Reno Air Races every year, and I love WWII planes. I don't have a vast mechanical knowledge of them, but I have enough of an appreciation for their beauty and historical significance that I have been looking forward to seeing "Red Tails," George Lucas's film about the Tuskegee Airmen. I was also encouraged to see it after reading an insightful article from Her Universe. I loved the movie for its showcasing of the beautiful, beautiful, proud-nosed P-51s, but also because it tells a very important story and tells it well.

One thing worth noting about "Red Tails" is that even though it is a war movie, it is rated PG-13, and this is only because - not surprisingly - there are some bloody wounds shown and some intense battle scenes. Overall, however, the film is very wholesome, focusing on the camaraderie of the Airmen and the bravery of their efforts. I can't help but think this must be because Lucas and the other artists working together on this film wanted children to be able to see it. This is a film I would not only be okay with, say, a nine-year-old child seeing, but I would also want them to see it so they might better grasp the Airmen's extraordinary contribution to history.

Now, when I go to the movies, I don't just go to see the film I bought a ticket for, I am also there for the previews. Mmmmmmmmm...previews. :) I have to say the one I was most enthused about (yuck, I just used the word "enthused...") tonight was the preview for "Wrath of the Titans." What can I say? I am a sucker for magnificent special effects, and let me tell you, the creatures in this one look PHENOMENAL. Also, Rosamund Pike is looking pretty badass in her armor, which reminded me of our previous conversation. :) Don't take my word for it, take a look:



I found the use of Marilyn Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams" to be appropriate in a dryly comical way, since I assume the lines "Some of them want to use you/ Some of them want to be used by you" is referring to the notoriously mischevous gods of Greek mythology. It fits.

What movies are you looking forward to?

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