June is here along with its predictable warm gloom and summer is just around the corner, which means official summer blockbuster film season is in full effect bringing with it an exciting array of action films and remakes of beloved television shows and classic stories, such as The A-Team (which will be reviewed shortly) and The Karate Kid, who, although a great story, unfortunately failed to execute the original script’s choice of fighting (karate) and instead opted for the Bruce-Lee approach of kung-fu.
Big cities, such as LA, are overexposed to the marketing madness of the major movie studios who would kill for the opportunity karate chop their way to the number one spot of a weekend box-office report; thus making it impossible to ignore all the action-packed adventure, drama and science fiction this upcoming season will offer, especially with popular 70’s and 80’s television show remakes such as The A-team.
The popular program’s fabulous outlaw foursome are the tough, yet charismatic, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith; the good looking playboy Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck; the insanely intellectual and sky friendly Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock and last but not least, the strong man of the bunch Sergeant First Class Bosco Albert B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus.
The story of the popular witty group began to unravel in living rooms everywhere in 1983. Although the show had a short run (four seasons, ending in 1986), it remained a popular commodity amongst loyal fans.
The movie, which opened last week, closely replicates the personalities that made the show an unexpected success.
Joe Carnahan’s The A-Team, starring Liam Neeson (a slightly less personable Hannibal Smith) remained true to the show’s of-the-wall action packed storyline although allowing the movie to be enjoyed as much more – a full feature film colorfully jammed packed with exaggerated, comic book-like force, which is what makes the film enjoyable without the experience feeling unnatural or dated.
Hannibal, Face (played by a sassy and classy Bradley Cooper), Murdock (District 9’s Sharlto Copley) and a convincing B.A. Baracus (UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) are sent on a classified mission in which they become victimized. Their one and only trustworthy source in the mission is destroyed, leaving them stranded in the hands of an elite force, lead by Pike (Brian Bloom) and Lynch (Patrick Wilson), who frames them.
Although the show did seem to always include a representation of the female sensuality, Jessica Biel’s Charisa Sosa failed to do just that. A high ranking woman playing games with the big boys sounds appealing, yet this interpretation seemed forced because of her lengthy (and at times unnecessary) dialogue, lacking the sexual appeal she was meant to embody.
Some of the acting fell a few steps behind in personifying the original four; however, the film does encompass most of the elements which made the show a success: an action adventure storyline with fearless, edgy excitement, wrapped with a bow of fun. Like it or not, The A-Team is back and prepared to “love it when a plan comes together”.
Catch the team at a theater near you.