The A-Team Film Review.
Well it finally here the movie of the greatest TV show from the 80’s. I always preferred the A-Team over Knight Rider, Street Hawk and Air Wolf. It was just is a class of it own and was pure enjoyment, full of action and comedy and noone ever got killed!
So it no surprise that it was turned into a film, given the other classic TV shows hitting the big screen. Charles Angles, Starsky & Hutch, and The Dukes of Hazzard.
I was a little worried when I heard that they was making the A-Team into a film, as I really did not enjoy the other movies except for The Dukes of Hazzard. That worry did not go away when I heard who was cast in the film; the only casting I agreed with was Bradley Cooper as Face.
So going to see this I had low hopes even though the film trailers I had seen did look promising. The film starts 8 years in the past. With the exception of Hannibal and Face or are on a mission to Mexico, none of the gang know each other. Somewhere else in Mexico B.A is being chase by police, it turns out that he has been dishonourable discharged from the US Army and stilling cars to get back his beloved GMC van. Yes the fifth Character from the TV.
By luck or destiny Hannibal runs into B.A and tries to take the van, after find out about the B.A being a former Ranger, Hannibal get B.A to help him in offer of getting him reinstated into the US Army. The two head off and rescue Face.
Hannibal, B.A and Face end up at a US mental Hospital in Mexico. (not sure what that’s doing there but hay.) Here they meet Murdock.
It not long before the bad guys that was holding Face find them and they take the hospital helicopter. At this point B.A is not afraid to fly, but we soon learn why he is.
The film then jumps to now the A-Team are a specialist group that has completed 80 mission over the last 8 years. They are now in Iraq and part of the last of the American military to pull out. It is here that we learn of the crime that they are imprisoned for.
They are impression in different prisons around the US and Europe. Hannibal is the first to break, then going to get the others out. They set out to clear their names.
This is a large portion of the film which I will not spoil.
They manage to clear there name’s but due to the fact that they broke out of prison they are loaded back into a fan to be sent back. But a plan has already been formulated to get out. As the film ends you hear the Iconic TV Theme with the classic words voice by John Ashley as the Narrator, setting it up a for a sequel.
Is the film any good? In short Yes. It shows you how the characters meet, the crime they are blamed to have committed, their escape clearing their names and going back on the run again.
The film is full of action and comedy and it not over the top. The writers have kept faithful to the TV series. I am still not sure of Jackson being cast as B.A but he works well with the other cast. Though he always going to be compared to Mr T, and those are some big shoes to fill. Liam Neeson make a great Hannibal, as I said before Bradley Cooper is perfectly cast as Face, which leaves Shalto Copley of District 9 fame. Personally I would have gone with Jim Carry just for his craziness But after seeing the film Shalto has done a excellent job that . Dwight Schultz, would be proud off.
All in all I give this movie a 4.5 of out 5.