'Red Tails' Trailer: Terrence Howard Provides So Much Gentle Inspiration

July 29, 2011

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The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who valiantly flew in World War II, is an inspiring story that should definitely be told--which is probably why it was told with Laurence Fishburne, Theo Huxtable, and Cuba Gooding Jr. back in 1995. The question then is if it should be told once more, yet again with Cuba Gooding Jr. but now also with the similarly unnervingly-gentle-voiced Terrence Howard, a smoking pipe, and the guiding hand of executive producer/co-writer George Lucas. You probably already know the answer to that, but just to validate your hunch, here's the trailer for Red Tails:

Oof. Pile this on Men of Honor in my slowly-growing stack of Cuba Gooding Jr. unbearable, forcefully uplifting blacks-in-the-military firsts dramas. Stop inspiring me so much with your gently-voiced words, Terrence Howard! Why has the suddenly-ubiquitous Bryan Cranston and several actors from The Wire been pulled into this tepid inspiration pool (with admittedly sort of awesome dog fights)?

Personally, I'm more inspired to see Gerald McRaney is playing the role of General Luntz. I worried he would stagnate forever at the rank of Major Dad.

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