8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
very good acting, but slow to take get going,
This review is from: The Tuskegee Airmen (DVD)
One cannot help but compare this to Glory: called upon to risk their lives, these pioneering African-Americans are blocked at every turn by arrogant whites, which in fact happened, and they question their commitment to the country. The problem with this film is that it is grindingly slow to get moving, with a few moments that are spectacular and memorable, and this makes it predictable. Yes, they prove themselves. Is that giving away anything? Perhaps I shd not have watched this so soon after Glory, which is an absolutely first rate film.
The actors are very very good, starting with Fishburn, the star. But there are also those that failed at their task - died in accidents or by their own hand - as well as those who died in combat. These are genuine talents, and worth the ride just for them.
The story, of course, is worth learning in all its detail, so I am glad to own this film and will definitely share it with my kids when they are ready. As an historcal film, it is quite good. It is just that the script does not do these guys justice, and the direction is lacking in energy. As such, it comes off as a formula drama.
Recommended with these caveats in mind.