Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Movie Review: "A-Team"

   I think we can consider this my tagline: I am an ardent fan of the cinematic arts. Although I have certain genre preferences, I don’t let that stifle my curiosity and close myself to different flavors of entertainment. That said...I am a huge fan of science fiction, super hero and action movies! Please visit my other blog The Boxed Office for reviews, exclusively, on these types of movies.
The Cast: 
   Liam Neeson is one of the great actors of our time and delivers an excellent performance. However, Bradley Cooper is a screen stealer with a perfect rendition of Lieutenant Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck. He is laugh-out-loud funny and very charismatic in his role. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson does surprisingly well for his first role and fits into the shoes of Mr. T very nicely, making them a brand all his own. Captain H.M ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock was always a riot in the television series and Sharlto Copley doesn’t disappoint in bringing the character to the big screen.
The Plot: 
   Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) assembles an unlikely team of ex-Rangers in Mexico and eighty successful missions later, find themselves in Iraq at the close of the war taking on an impossible mission to recover stolen United States currency plates. 
   It goes without saying that the A-Team is framed for stealing the plates and the murder of their commanding officer. Dishonorably discharged and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, the team escapes intent on finding the real thieves and murderers and clearing their names.
   As they set about making things right, the plot thickens as they discover the real players in the plan aren’t who they expected and clearing their names isn’t going to be fact, it will be next to impossible. With only their wits about them and a desire for the truth, they must live up to their name and bring their “A” game.

The Verdict: 
   The A-Team is everything an exciting, witty and fun action movie should be. It’s chocked full of impossible stunts that come off without a hitch and exuberant chemistry between the cast and characters that made it a great television show of the 80’s. 
   We finally learn why B.A. is so scared of flying while at the same time being dazzled by the incredible piloting skills of “Mad” Murdock. Anyone that was a fan of the original television series will find this movie doesn’t take anything away from the hey day of the show, but adds to why the show is now a classic.
   The one-liners and pure comedy of the personalities of the characters is simply awesome. “Faceman” Peck steals the movie early and is joined by Sharlto Copley’s rendition of Murdock which is simply fall-off-your-seat funny. The supporting cast is also excellent, making this movie nothing but pure fun to watch again...and again...and again. 
    This was truly a surprise for me since there were many areas where this movie could have gone wrong...but instead it went very, very right. I was a fan of the television show....and now am an avid fan of this movie since it was good enough to put four out of five cinnamon sticks in this very tasty cup of tea.
   Just remember...”if you have a problem...and no one else can help...and if you can find them, then maybe you can hire the...A-Team!

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