I will be honest and admit that I hardly know anything about the original A-Team and mostly only saw this film for the eye candy that is Bradley Cooper. That, plus mindless action and comedy, made this updated adaptation of the 80s TV series a fun and worthwhile watch just for a day – but nothing to write home about (Oh, scratch that – I’m here writing a blog about it! But you know what I mean).
The A-Team follows four Iraq War veterans who become fugitives after being punished by the U.S. military for a crime they didn’t commit, and they set out on a mission to punish those who framed them. The guys’ very different personalities don’t clash, but rather mesh well as they cleverly concoct plans and put them to execution: Cigar-smoking-happy Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson) is a natural leader – a smartass, but also aggressive. Pretty boy Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Cooper) tries to charm his way out of the mess by attempting to negotiate with the DoD captain who assists with the investigation and happens to be an ex-girlfriend (Jessica Biel). Sergeant “B.A.” Baracus (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) is a mohawk-flaunting, knuckle-tattooed tough guy as long as he doesn’t have to ride in a plane. The insane pilot H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Sharlto Copley) rounds out the foursome.
The action sequences are quite sloppy, and the film opens with promise, hits a bump and slums down for about more than a third of the movie, then picks up again with slightly more excitement. The inconsistency sucks and even the exciting parts can’t quite hold one’s attention. However, the characters are likable enough – Copley delivers major laughs throughout and general badass Neeson lights up every scene he’s in. All four actors have the chemistry needed for any team.
My advice: Whether you’re an old-time fan of the series or are totally clueless about it, come into this movie with no expectations other than to kick back and relax – you’ll either enjoy the 2-hour feast or doze off.
OVERALL SCORE: 6.5/10