MOVIE REVIEW: New ‘A-Team’ captures original’s spirit

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

If you’re living right, you’ll do things in your youth that you’ll be ashamed of later.
We don’t have enough time or newsprint for a full list of foolish decisions, but I was a monster fan of the original “The A-Team” on television.
I was not excited when I heard Hollywood was making a movie version because there were so many ways the filmmakers could’ve gone wrong.
But “The A-Team” movie offers a similar guilty pleasure that the TV show provided. It’s flawed in many ways, but I doubt it would’ve been possible for anyone to make a better “A-Team” movie.
Hannibal (Liam Neeson) leads an elite squad in Iraq. Their skills are matched only by their eccentricities: “Faceman” (Bradley Cooper) is the smoothest talker known to man, “B.A.” (Quinton Jackson) can take a couple of bullets and still mess somebody up, and Murdock (Sharlto Copley) is known as “Howling Mad” because he’s howling mad.
After the team members are accused of a crime they did not commit, they are stripped of their ranks and sent to military prisons, except for Murdock, who goes in for treatment.
But give Hannibal six months and he’ll have a plan. The jailbreaks are all fun to watch, then the team’s ready to hunt down the people who set them up.
As you might suspect, just about every bullet that a member of the A-Team fires finds its mark, while the enemies’ shots tend to miss. But unlike the TV show, bad guys actually die, often in fiery explosions.
Hannibal’s plans are as cool as they are unbelievable, but we know they’re going to work because this is “The A-Team.” That’s a weakness that the filmmakers couldn’t avoid because it’s built into the DNA of the source material.
The four leads fit their roles well, and I laughed far more than I’d expected. If you were a fan of the TV show, you owe it to yourself to check this version out.
I give “The A-Team” a B plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “The A-Team” a B. “I had a lot of fun, but it’s not something I’ll own.”