IMAGES Weighs In: Red Tails

IMAGES CEO Bob McNeil generously encouraged the staff to see Red Tails

With the recent release of Red Tails, a movie detailing the story of the Tuskegee Airmen’s contributions during WWII, most of the IMAGES USA family has now had the pleasure of seeing the film. In an effort to encourage staff to visit theaters and absorb the cinematic depiction of this incredibly important event in American history (not just African-American history), IMAGES CEO Bob McNeil provided all staff members with two free passes to the movies to be used at our discretion. Thanks Bob!!

While some critics praised the action and Hollywood’s courage in telling this story, others felt the plot could have been more robust. Did you see Red Tails? If so, what were your thoughts/ reactions? As always, IMAGES wants our readers to share their opinions either via the comments section or the IMAGES USA Twitter. We asked our staff members to weigh in, and their opinions can be found below:

Red Tails gave viewers a heartfelt perspective and appreciation for the honor we owe to all Tuskegee Airmen and their families for their fight, triumphs and victories gone untold. It’s a legendary story of commitment, courage and pride in serving our country while unfortunately being treated with ridicule and discrimination from those they protected in war.

– Amy Wright, Account Director

In terms of historical relevance, I think Red Tails is a must-see for African Americans, in particular. However, the overall production of the movie, in my opinion was subpar. The script left a lot to be desired, much of the acting was mediocre, and the special effects weren’t all that special. In support of Black Hollywood, I’m glad I saw it once, but I wouldn’t sit through it again.

– Cecil Cross, Senior Copywriter

Weigh in! IMAGES wants your opinion on the movie, either in our comments section or through our Twitter feed.


3 responses to “IMAGES Weighs In: Red Tails

  1. I’m looking forward to checking out the movie this weekend!

  2. This was a great movie and a big kudos and thanks to Bob McNeil for encouraging us to see the movie by giving us gift cards.

  3. I enjoyed the movie and was moved by the reality of what these brave men did in the face of the pungent disregard for their humanity on the part of the majority culture of that era. While I concur that the plot (and script) left much to be desired, I’ll give it a pass simply because it elevated an important story, employed a bunch of folk and created some fresh dialogue about the economic realities of funding films in today’s Hollywood. I’m glad people like Bob supported the project by encouraging his team to see it!

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