Red Tails: a Film Critique

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Red Tails: A Film Critique
Robert Black
ENG 225 Introduction to Film
Instructor: Dwight Paulsen
October 14, 2012

“We have a right to fight for our country. The same as every other American.” Colonel A.J. Bullard (Imdb , 2012)
The film I picked for my critique is Red Tails, a historical World War II drama. The movie starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Gerald Mcraney, was written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder, better known as the creator of the comic strip “the boondocks”, from a book by John B. Holway, directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by George Lucas . In this paper the author will show how all elements of filmmaking
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An example this beautiful cinematography the takes place near the beginning of the movie in a battle scene between the risk-taking “lightening” and a German battleship The shot setup of the Regular scenes also shows a genius in the subtle touch of drawing in the viewer. This is best exemplified by a long slow roll over the Italian countryside as “Lightening” drives to meet his love. Overall Mister Aronson and his crew do a fantastic job in the visual effects of this movie, making it enjoyable to watch. The next step after shooting is editing the film; this means that “Video editing is the process of manipulating and rearranging video shots to create a new work. Editing is usually considered to be one part of the post production process” (Unknown 2012).The editing job on Red Tails was handled by Ben Burtt and Michael O’Halloran. The team does an outstanding job of taking the breathtaking shots of the cinematography team and putting them into chronological sequences giving the film the look and feel the director intended. This is especially evident in the battle scenes such as the aforementioned plane versus battleship where the editors cut between the cockpit and the ship showing the determination of the pilot as well as the frenzy of a battleship in action. Another great editing job is in a battle scene that takes place after the pilots attack a German ammo compound where one pilot is captured and another
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