One of the most significant challenges of the film is to make us feel as if we're seeing this lifestyle with a fresh eye. The film does a terrific job of putting us in the era and making us feel like we're actually there.
Despite what no doubt were state-of-the-art visual effects thanks to the involvement of LucasFilm, Red Tails is further proof that visual tricks and flashily edited action sequences aren't enough to make a movie interesting.
Lucas himself noted that this was perhaps the first major "all black action film" ever made. He pointed out that few with African Americans playing all major roles ever made it to wide distribution, save for the frugally produced work of Tyler Perry.