The A-Team – Review

For the past couple of months i have been getting incredibly fired up for The A-Team movie. As a kid i used to watch the A-Team all the time, but i am pretty sure that i haven’t seen any episode since they originally aired. I noticed that they had almost all the episodes available on Netflix instant view, which is great, because if there is nothing on tv, i was just three clicks away from 80’s nostalgia.

Every time i think about revisiting an old show or movie from the 80’s, i run the risk of losing any of the magic that i remember as a child. In the case of re-watching Ice Pirates, it made me hate the movie. That was a bad move. In the case of The Beastmaster, it actually sparked some fond memories from my childhood and held up enough to make me continue my love for the film. The A-team falls in the latter category. The show is still a lot of fun.

The episodes are always really bad, but what makes the show work is the A-Team members. The characters are so well fleshed out and work so well as a team, it is lightning in a bottle! The characters are still fun to watch. The dynamic still works. The team works so well together, that i couldn’t come up with my favorite member. The best part of the show, that i didn’t realize when i was a kid, was that all four members of the A-Team are completely insane. They are madmen who, instead of just hiding from the military, decide to go out in public and help people, by blasting everything in sight, while driving the least subtle vehicle of all time!

I was not going into the A-Team movie to see the plot. I was just hoping that the characters that make up the A-Team had the same dynamic as they did on the show. When i first saw the trailer, i though that the  CGI looked dumb, but the more i thought about it, the less i cared about it. I just wanted to see the characters and they were executed perfectly!

I stopped caring about what was going on outside that tank. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. I was watching the characters from the show. I thought that everyone was perfect in their respective roles. Hannibal, Face, Murdock and BA were all great.

One of the things that was also great was the character Lynch. If i am going to watch a movie about The A-Team, i sure as hell better be entertained when they are not on screen and Patrick Wilson did a great job as the A-Team’s nemesis. Only a crazy person would be dumb enough to go up against The A-Team and it was really enjoyable to watch.

All in all, the CGI was a little much at parts, but as soon as they cut back to one of the A-Team members, you almost forgot about the cartoony nature of what was happening around them. They definitely had the spotlight on them, the rest was just eye candy.

The action was fun, the characters were interesting and the movie was well paced. This may be the best television to film adaptation since The Fugitive. If you are looking for a good fun time, you should definitely check this movie out.

I cannot wait until the sequel, because if  I have a problem, if no one else can help, and if  I find them, maybe I can hire… The A-Team.

★ ★ ★ ★½

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3 responses to “The A-Team – Review”

  1. triplep220 says :

    Thanks for the review. I grew up watching The A Team and I’m sure I’d dig this. It sounds like a lot of fun. … My brother and our friends used to watch Ice Pirates all the time when we were kids. One of us had recorded it off HBO or Cinemax. We must have liked it considering how many times we watched it. I can ever remember a few of the scenes. But I haven’t watched it as an adult.

    • casinoskunk says :

      I loved the Ice Pirates growing up, but did not like it as an adult. If i were you i would just chalk it up to fond memories and let it go. But if you watch it, it may have a different effect on you. It’s up to you to watch it again.

      The A-Team is just good dumb fun. I think it helped watching the show a lot recently. That way i didn’t take the movie to seriously.

      • Darby O'Gill says :

        I told you Ralph, and now you’ve got the Jazz too! I was on the fence about giving it 4 1/2 Little People, but I just wanted to be able to give the sequel a full little person more! I just know it going to be even more like the old TV series. God, I can’t wait! We’ll have to go see it again soon!

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