Thursday, February 2, 2012

Anthony Hemingway: Red Tails

Red Tails, 20th Century Fox, 2012.

Ensconced in the classical climes of Second World War propaganda infused with a modern cultural consciousness, bristling television director Hemingway (Treme) makes an impressive big-screen debut with the George Lucas funded Red Tails, a rip-roaring aviation-war film and racially historic period-piece.

An exceptional cast of up-and-coming young actors ( most notably Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds) holds their own against old-pros Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard, finding their way into their characters with an ease supplied by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder's well-written script.

And yet it is the glorious aviation battle sequences, Ben Burtt and Michael O'Halloran's kinetic editing and Terrence Blanchard's epic score which stay with us most. Despite script strucure problems, Hemingway, Ripley, Lucas and company have delivered a terrific film which is uncommon this time of year.

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