The A-Team

I’m at a slight disadvantage when speaking of The A-Team, since I haven’t seen a single episode of the ’80s sitcom. Was it even a sitcom? All I’ve known my whole life is that Mr. T is an ironic cultural icon, kind of like the snuggie.  What I did understand going into see this movie, is that no one is, or should be taking it seriously.  It’s based on a TV show from the ’80s!!  That sets the bar pretty damn low.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I found The A-Team entertaining.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t because the characters were well developed.  It certainly wasn’t because there was a plot (the plot consisted of the few words that could vaguely connect ridiculous explosions).  It wasn’t because they threw a ridiculous Jessica Biel, always in extremely high heels, in just to simmer down the homo-eroticism.  It was because this is flat out mindless summer entertainment that didn’t make me feel a little ill as I left the theatre.

It’s helps that someone like Liam Neeson lent a little acting credibility to the motley crew of insane, and insanely talented team of federal fugitives.  He leads the crew of four, who came together in Mexico over ridiculous circumstances.  There’s Neeson as Hannibal, the father figure, Bradley Cooper as ‘Faceman’ Peck (who basically is just muscles and smiles here), Quinton Jackson as B.A. baracus (has ‘PITY’ tattooed on one hand, and ‘FOOL’ on the other), and to round out the bunch, there’s Murdock (played hilariously by Sharlto Copley of District 9), a psychopath genius at flying basically anything.  Copley really does steal the show when he’s given the chance.

As mentioned, there’s no plot.  Something about getting framed, and a former Black Ops guy stealing the equipment necessary to print counterfeit American money.  The team is falsely accused of being part of the operation to steal the equipment.  They break out of their respective federal prisons, regroup and set off destroying major European cities in the quest to clear their names.  Oh, and there are, get this, corrupt officials on all of the high-level goverment agencies working against them to cover their own crimes.

I can defend this movie in no other way than to just say that I was entertained from beginning to end by the ridiculousness of it all.  There’s more explosions than a Michael Bay movie, but at least director Joe Carnahan (of Smokin’ Aces fame) knows that his film is not to be taken seriously.  I’ll say this again, it’s based on an ’80s sitcom starring Mr. T.  There was nowhere to go but up.


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8 Responses to “The A-Team”
  1. Castor says:

    Good to hear this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be from the trailer. Heck, I might even muster the will to go this in theater…
    Castor´s last blog post ..Movie Review: The Machinist (2004)

  2. “…few words that could vaguely connect ridiculous explosions”

    Oh, how many action flicks have been built upon this concept! Still, if the explosions and stunts are cool enough, and the dialogue is funny enough, I’ll let that whole “hey, there’s no plot!” business slide.

    I haven’t made it to this one yet, but I’m planning on it for the weekend.
    M. Carter @ the Movies´s last blog post ..My thought on today

  3. Blake says:

    @ Castor – I’m not saying it’s awesome. But I was totally entertained and satisfied with the way I had chosen to spend my Monday morning.

    @ M. Carter – Looking forward to hearing what you thought!

  4. Mad Hatter says:

    I’m with you 100%, maybe even 110 as I had my memories of watching the movie as a kid to draw on.

    I actually expected to loathe this movie, as it seemed kinda bad by the trailers, and any movie that is an adaptation of an old TV show automatically steps up to the plate with an 0-2 count for me. Perhaps my low expectations were what made me enjoy it so much?

    On the one hand it’s a pity this movie is getting trounced at the box office, but it’s not like I would pound the pulpit for more people to get out and see it.

    Well summed up sir – glad to see I wasn’t alone in my effusion for this bit of summertime silliness.
    Mad Hatter´s last blog post ..Review: THE A-TEAM * * * 1/2

  5. Reel Whore says:

    I felt it kept faithful to television series and it was a ton of fun. Absolutely no chemistry b/w Biel & Cooper, but the chemistry of the foursome was on-point and totally made the movie.

    Ridiculous fun as you put it, and much needed during such a crappy summer.
    Reel Whore´s last blog post ..MMM- Who Knows What Shes Gonna Say

  6. CMrok93 says:

    It’s fun, crazy, and wild, perfect movie just for a fun watch. Check out my review here: Nice Review!
    CMrok93´s last blog post ..The A-Team 2010

  7. Eric says:

    I just watched this last week and I completely agree with your review. It’s basically mindless entertainment with a tacked-on “story” that leads to huge explosions and gunfights, but sometimes that’s all that’s needed for a good time. You hit the nail on the head.
    Eric´s last blog post ..Movie Review- Midnight In Paris 2011

  8. Blake says:

    @ Eric – I was bummed at all how much everyone dismissed this one. Mindless entertainment, you are correct.

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