Watching "Red Tails" is like watching one of those World War II movies that used to be on Saturday afternoon TV. This one, however, has much better special effects than "Battle of the Bulge" or "The Guns of Navarone." There are a lot of really, really big explosions in this movie, a train wreck that seems to jump off the screen, and some great dogfight sequences. (Seeing German jet planes in action, even computer-generated planes, is thrilling.) Watching this movie, you really get a feel for the speed and agility of World War II fighter planes. The battle scenes are the best part, because the characters and the story never quite escape the wooden dialogue or the nagging feeling that you've seen this movie before. It helps that the movie is based on the Tuskegee airmen, who broke the racial barrier during their service in Europe, so the history it's very loosely based upon helps redeem the B movie feel of "Red Tails." Ultimately, this movie is an entertaining can't miss if you like war movies with lots of action and a dollop of history.
Recommended by David Healey