Unless you’ve been in a witness protection program, you have had no choice but to hear the rumblings about George Lucas’ latest film, Red Tails. Released this past weekend, it is a story that highlights the amazing accomplishments of the men in the Tuskegee Airmen Program during World War II.
Although this is not the first time the Tuskegee Airmen story was released on film, it was the most memorable for me. I definitely took advantage of this opportunity to share a moment with my son where he actually learned something from a Hollywood movie about African-American men that didn’t include why going to jail or cheating on your woman was wrong. Yes, it was a great moment indeed.
This movie gave me so much to feel proud about as a black American. Walking out of the theater, I felt a renewed sense of pride for my race knowing that men with such integrity, pride, intelligence and great work ethics made such an impact during a time when the United States continued to try and hide their true value. The movie also rejuvenated my belief in true friendships! It shared the lesson that no matter how angry a friend makes you, you will always be there for that person, through the good, the bad and sometimes death. I also enjoyed the lesson which reconfirmed that love is truly a universal language and can be understood no matter what native tongue you speak.
But the greatest moment of all for me after watching this film, hearing my teenager tell me that this movie taught him that you can do whatever you want to do with hard work! Truly Priceless.
So if you’re not sure if Red Tails is a movie that you should see based on the conflicting reviews, trust me you will not feel you’ve wasted one red cent on that ticket. It is definitely a film worth far more than the price of admission.