The 1983-87 TV series successfully takes to the big screen, and its four members are now Iraq War vets trying to clear their names after being framed for a heist of some American currency engraving plates. Perfectly cast, with just the right tone for summer blockbuster season, Carnahan delivers exactly what the show did: Mindless, loud, and fun entertainment. You don't necessarily have to be a fan of the show to enjoy it, but it might help. Stephen J. Cannell, who created and produced the TV show, is a producer of the film version.
There once was a time when summer movies were designed to do nothing but entertain people pissed off about working during the most beautiful days of the year and kids who needed an air-conditioned break from their outdoor activity. This summer has been woefully short on films that feel conceived ...Read More
It feels to me like either you are either completely charmed by the A-Team's noisy style and attitude or you aren't. I was not. I liked Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson. Cooper's star is rising. I did not like the noisy, stupid, superficial, look-how-fake-and-animated-that-explosion-is style of action that director Joe Carnahan utilizes. Why can't you just actually blow something up? Even Michael Bay action sequences are better than this. At least they kind of look like they are actually happening.
I'm really not much of a fan of light, silly action comedies, because I find that you need an especially charismatic cast or an unusual style premise to successfully execute those. The A-Team has neither. It was not funny nor was the action even mildly exciting. The plotting...I kind of commend it for getting mildly complicated without getting confusing, but it was mostly standard "accused of a crime they didn't commit" junk. Truly nothing special, and there isn't enough wit or charm to make you forgive the film its stupidities.