So I dragged Wheezley off to see The A-Team movie this weekend. I’m a huge fan of the old TV show, so I’ve been looking forward to the movie for a while now.
It didn’t disappoint.
For those of you who remember it, the TV show was about four Vietnam vets who were accused of a crime that they didn’t commit — Hannibal Smith, Templeton “Faceman” Peck, B.A. Baracus, and H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock. The movie updates the premise to make them Gulf War vets.
The movie is really an origin story of how the A-Team came together and starts out in Mexico with Hannibal and Face on a mission. Along the way, they meet B.A. and Murdock, and the team is born. Flash forward several years, and the boys are tasked to retrieve some treasury plates that have fallen into the wrong hands. The mission is a success — until the general who gave them the assignment gets murdered and the plates vanish. Before you know it, the team is in prison, but that’s not going to stop them from clearing their names …
One of the things that I loved about the TV show was that it was just fun. Lots of action, lots of daring escapes, lots of stuff blowing up. The movie really nails that same fun vibe. It’s definitely a summer popcorn movie, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, something that I always appreciate. The actors all look like they’re having fun (especially Sharlto Copley as Murdock), and there’s a nice little twist near the end that I didn’t see coming. There are also several little nods to the show that I appreciated, like some of the names that were used (Lynch, especially) and the fact that the team has to knock out B.A. to get him on a plane.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon, check out this movie. It’s much better than Prince of Persia and a lot more fun than Robin Hood. I hope there’s a sequel.
My grade: B+.
What about you guys? Anyone seen anything good this summer? Share in the comments.