The movie is a bit of an origin story - the A-Team are Special Forces Rangers who do crazy missions in Iraq. Watching this movie, I realized that the best part of A-Team was the iconic characters. The success of the movie would hinge on how well they embodied them. They are:
- Hannibal Smith: Cigar-smoking mastermind who loves it when a plan comes together. He's played by Liam Neeson, impressively grizzled and confident.
- Face: Good-looking, fast-talking conman. Bradley Cooper does a good job here, especially when he is romancing a dame or getting out of a tight spot.
- B.A. Baracus: Big, mean, big, mohawk-cut strongman with "PITY" tattooed on the knuckles of one hand, "FOOL" on the other. MMA fighter Rampage Jackson takes this iconic Mr. T role.
- "Mad" Murdock: Pilot and gadgeteer, and howling, instituionalized madman. Sharlto Copley gets to have fun with this role.
Except they don't clear their names. In the end, it's just more fun to stay outlaws.
No question, this was a fun action shoot-em-up. Ms. Spenser's favorite part was the ship full of shipping containers falling over. It may have helped that we went in with low expectations and not as fans of the TV show. We came out fans of the characters, at least these versions.
Also, we started watching the series, available on Netflix Streaming. I love it when a plan comes together.