Reviews: The A Team

I love it when a plan comes together.

But a hundred? You could warn a guy.

Now, I did enjoy this movie. A lot. A few caveats up front, though: First, be prepared for a high-end Thirty Xanatos Pileup spread through a mere two hours — or for you non-tropers in the audience, a web of half a dozen people trying to outsmart each other. If you don't see it coming — and come on, it's a movie about The A-Team! — the plot starts to get downright confusing about halfway through.

Second, Face is a jerk. Seriously. I didn't like Face at all. Face is supposed to be charming, right? Because he lost me in his first minute or so of screen time (though what comes next is funnier for it) and his "romance" with the only major female character (Caveat 2.5: Bechdel Test failed.) is irritating.

Third, if the rumors are true about Mr. T turning down a cameo due to the movie's violence and (to a point) sex compared to the show... well, I can see it.

All that having been said? This is an extremely fun movie. Most of it is a vehicle for its heroes (fun characters, most of them) to perform feat after feat of derring-do that make the audience laugh and cheer, and it is good at it. Cheapening of the term aside, I can't help noticing that The A-Team's page here is missing a Crowning Moment Of Awesome page. For shame, tropers. Fortunately, I see this changing in the near future, because this movie is loaded with them by design. The show should follow.

By the way, I've never seen an episode of the show all the way through. I just know that some confusion aside, I liked this movie.

Movie worthy of the franchise.

If this was a generic action flick, I would have declared it utter crap. But it was the A-Team, and I just let all the over the top stuff fly because, “It’s the A-Team.”

The actor who played B.A. bugged me at first, but towards the end of the movie he sounded and seemed just like MR.T.

As much as I think “Liam Neeson is Hannibal” looks good on paper, I couldn’t forget for one second that I was watching Liam Neeson. It made the movie feel somewhat like a sequel to Taken.

I hate gratuitous CGI when it’s obvious, so the final scenes at the container ship bumped me a bit.

Other than that, Murdock and Face where incredibly funny to watch, and I actually liked a great deal of the over the top action, if only because I accepted that the A-Team was the best the Army Rangers had, and perhaps knew a few tricks that could bend the laws of physics.

I’d say this is worthy of being called a successor to the TV series, It’s a shame I’ll never be able to put aside that Liam Nesson is on the screen, but maybe someone less familiar with his work can set that aside and enjoy his performance. Darker And Edgier this is not, there are a few deaths and our A-Team is often times shooting to kill, but the characters themselves are pretty much the same. They just act like an odd-ball team of Army specialist who consider the laws of physics more “guidelines”.

I look forward to a sequel and wouldn’t mind them adding the effects specialist that joined the team in the later parts of the show (though, considering he’s considered “The Scrappy” on the television shows page, I might be alone in this thought).