Originally Posted by Htdude14
I had to re-post this users comments, as it's exactly what I am hoping for from this flick."As for the film itself, I enjoyed it for the kind of cinema experience it was intended to be, which had nothing to do with the realistic, contemporary drama/history lesson standards that critics and naysayers kept applying. Lucas himself pretty much summed up the movie in a USA TODAY interview: "For me, Red Tails is like Flying Leathernecks. It's corny. It's über-patriotic. And it's a really exciting action-adventure movie."
And that is definitely what I took away from it. Red Tails was fun and highly stylized (even artful in such a way) as a vintage war movie from the 1940s and ‘50s, complete with broad character types and comic-strip dialogue. I had no problem with the heavy CGI neither. Yes, I could tell that what I was seeing was digital, if for no other reason than due to the instant logic that no aerial dogfights could ever be filmed this way with live action planes …not without mass destruction and likely death. But I don’t demand absolute realism from visual effects. Never have. What I demand is a comprehensive, fully realized on-screen creation of something that is (nearly) impossible to render without FX of one kind or another. And I think Red Tails was quite dazzling on that level; vivid, colorfully vibrant and virtuoso.
I imagine it’s going to look aces on Blu-ray. It’ll be a day-one for me"
Maybe that's what people take issue with. Perhaps something a serious as the fight for equality among those who wanted to fight along side those who are white should be taken more seriously, in the way "Band of Brothers"
Perhaps a little more "Saving Private Ryan"
and a little less "Pearl Harbor"
might be in order.
If we want corny action sequences filled with CGI, there's always "Transformers"
BTW: aside from Pearl harbor, all the productions I mentioned had Steven Spielberg's hands on them in some fashion (even if was just in a producer role). What that means is he understands the difference in how you should present a story and how much respect it deserves.
In other words, he understands when he's making a Michael Bay-type movie and when he's not.
Had "Schindler's List"
taken on the form of "Indiana Jones"
, "Hogan's Heroes"
or "Inglourious Basterds"
, its impact would have been far less. Each of those is great in its own right, but far from appropriate to the story of Schindler.