The A-Team (2010) is a re-imagining of The A-Team franchise. In spite of suggestions by other reviewers that the story was cheesy, I found the script to be solid as a rock and with enough complexity to appeal to a mature audience while at the same time staying true to the vibe of the original series. One of my other concerns going into this movie was the use of CG, but it really did work well for the ridiculous action sequences in this film.
- Col. Hannibal Smith: Liam Neeson is very convincing in the role of Hannibal, paying tribute to George Peppard. I would add that Peppard is one of my favorite actors from the late 60’s and early 70’s, with good looks and smarts to match.
- Lt. Faceman “Face” Peck: Bradley Cooper seemed like an odd choice for the character, but after seeing him play the role I am at a loss as to why I ever doubted him. He is Face down to a “T”. In fact, I agree with my husband in his believe that Cooper’s role makes more sense than that of Dirk Benedict due to the script.
- B. A. Baracus: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson plays a convincing Baracus, with a host of phobias that are a direct result of the team’s pilot and resident crazy-man, Murdock. He doesn’t try to emulate Mr. T either, but breaths life into a formerly two-dimensional character.
- H.M. Murdock: I haven’t seen a lot of Sharlto Copley‘s roles before, but he does a smack-on job on the character of Murdock. IMHO, the script played to his strengths and was a lot less tedious than his role in District 9.
I won’t spoil the film by going into too much detail, but I will say that the fresh cast and modernization of the concept explains the origins of the group and opens up the possibility for a bunch of future films. It offers enough to keep the cult followers happy, while giving newcomers a worthwhile comedic action flick. All in all, I really loved this film and highly recommend it.