Im going to start this off by saying that I find it insulting that people think I should praise a terrible movie simply because Im African. How disrespectful.
Understand that I don’t agree with the ‘major film companies’ who chose not to help fund the project because “no one wants to watch an all black cast”. thats wrong. duh. No need to elaborate on that. However, I would not want to support a poorly written SCRIPT period. Black, white, hispanic, asian…just not going to do it.
Where do I start with this movie that had me wanting to go get a refund?
Lets start with the cast. sigh. The cast, the cast, the cast. I am not one that needs a Denzel or a Will Smith in order to enjoy a movie at all. I actually enjoy watching new faces. But the acting was horrible and left viewers feel like they were watching a play instead of a movie. The development of characters was incomplete and left me unable to connect to any character. So, when they died, it left me thinking: “oh…which one was that again?”
The dialogue? wow..I mean from cliche scenes to incoherent monologues, it left one confused to say the least. Lets not get on how they went from scene to scene with no real transition and how they were sitting around just ‘shooting a breeze’. Or how the only real scenes worth watching were in the air.
BUT (theres always a but of course) the most INSULTING part of this entire movie is the fact that it gave almost no background about the Tuskegee Airman. The true history behind it. As someone who grew up extremely interested in this story; researching and reading about it, it was disappointing. Those who never knew nothing about the TA walked away with less than what they read via twitter and facebook statues. They simply glossed over the severity of racism in the army and failed to show the treatment of the Airmen once returned home. Historic accuracy?? Hardly any. With such rich, inspiring material, you would think it would be great. But it was not. It just was not.
Also, the suggestion that I, or any other black person isn’t “black enough”, “is a sell-out”, “doesnt support REAL black movies”, “shouldnt be allowed to watch anything but Tyler Perry & BET” is stupid, disrespectful and offensive.
I went to watch this movie because I was interested and excited to have such rich history shown . I went to watch this movie because I was excited that it was going to tell the stories of these brave military men. I didnt go watch this because I was black, they were black and it was my obligation as a black person. Thats a bunch of bullshit. Had George Lucus provided an amazing history lesson, I wouldnt have to be forced to support something. It would speak for itself. & in this case, it simply doesn’t.
When things are going so well, its hard to imagine how terrible things can get. Love has a way of teaching you the ability to adapt and ‘roll with the punches’.
Today is a new year. You can’t bring such sad, painful things along the ride for 12 months. Life is hard already. You have to put your wants, desires and wishes first. No one else will. And it will hurt. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be hard dealing with the reality. It’s going to be hard accepting that the person you cherish doesn’t feel the same way. It’s going to be hard to accept that you’re just someone’s ‘thing to do.’
But its life. Sometimes you put in more then u get out. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes its amazing. Othertimes its bitter and painful. The only thing you can do is stay firm and strong. Focus on you and your reality. Pain is such an intense emotion. Most of the time, it feels unbearable and terrifying.
But at the end…all of the madness has a purpose. … its worth it.
The person that values you won’t need to cause hurt and distrust. It’s simple.
They simplify the difficult and embraces your being. But its going to be hard. It’s going to take time to embrace. But after kissing so many frogs, you deserve it. So let go.
Best part is that you will be ok and things will be ok.