Friday, January 20, 2012
5 Reason's Red Tails Will Crash and Burn
1. Cuba "Snow Dogs" Gooding Jr.- Gooding is a Major in this WWII flick, I guess someone thought his role as a petty officer in Pearl Harbor warranted a promotion. The fact of the matter is Cuba Gooding Jr. has never been a lead in a movie that has received any critical praise. After his last movie Sacrifice he really should have thrown in the towel (any movie starring Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater is bound to BLOW). Nothing that he has ever done makes me have any desire to sit through his acting for two hours.
2.Terrence Howard- All that really needs to be said here is Hustle & Flow, Get Rich or Die Tryin', and what the heck is up with his voice.
3. Director Anthony Hemingway- Up until Red Tails Anthony Hemingway had not directed anything besides a few television shows or assisted on a few movies. Some of the shows that he has directed include True Blood, The Wire, and CSI: NY. Red Tails could be a very well directed movie, I just have serious doubts that someone that has never directed a major motion picture can come into this project and have much success.
4. John Ridley (screenplay)- To give you a little background, Ridley's most popular movie to date is the 2002 comedy Undercover Brother. This could easily be the main reason why this film will never take flight. John Ridley is not the person that I would ever want writing a screenplay about a very powerful and important story in our nations history.
5. George Lucas- Don't get me wrong Lucas is a hero of mine because he created what made my childhood what it was when he gave the world Star Wars. But history shows that Lucas has a serious problem when trying to control the amount of digital effects he puts into his projects. Red Tails being a Lucasfilm Ltd. production, and after seeing the trailer, one can easily tell that this film will rely heavily on visuals and will unfortunately lack dialogue of any substance.
The story of the Tuskegee airmen is a historically amazing and captivating one, however I am afraid that the power of the true story will be lost among the inevitable explosions and lack of effective dialogue. Hopefully I am wrong.