1 hour, 57 minutes
Starring: Liam Leeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Sharlto Copley
They were a rag-tap group, convicted for a crime they didn’t commit, then the bust loose as fugitives from the government – helping people where they can while still running from the law and attempting to clear their name.
This remake of the popular 80’s television series has made its leap to the big screen. Since when is a remake of an old 80’s television show ever a good idea? Okay, Charlie’s Angels did it well (only with the first one), but A-Team blows it out of the water and then some. In short, A-Team was A-mazing!
The casting was perfect and not a single weak link in the whole bunch. The movie literally has it all! Awesome action sequences, comedy that really works, vivid characters, and a narrative that follows through all the way to the end. The script was nearly flawless and even with all of the elaborate planning and all of the hijinks involved, everything made sense.
A frequent mistake made with movies like this are a lack of characterization. When you have your main guys running from the law and trying to save themselves, you need to feel for them all the way and know who they are. Surprisingly, from the very second you are introduced to Hannibal, B.A., Face, and Murdock, you know exactly who they are and can’t help but completely love them. While they all have definitive character traits that set them apart, they are never pigeon holed into a cliche of themselves.
My only real criticism of the film is with the climax. It does go off the rails ever so slightly, but they build up so good will from the beginning and throughout the duration of the film that it doesn’t even matter.
Stay after the credits – there a couple of cameos that are sure to bring a smile to a fan’s face.
I haven’t had this much fun at the movie theaters in a very long time. This is easily my favorite movie of the summer (a probably of the year) so far.
Sharlto Copley, my new favorite actor blows another performance right out of the park. We’ll be seeing him for a very long time.
Go see this movie. It is nearly perfect and sure to be a good time for everyone!
5.5 out of 5