Joe Carnahan’s amusing, enjoyably over-the-top adaptation of the ‘80s TV show reminds me of his previous film, Smoking Aces, in terms of wacky lunacy combined with heavy ammunition. As a stand-alone film, The A-Team won’t last in the memory – the story is a thin backdrop for some character-based comedy – but it does a good job of creating a strong sense of camaraderie between the titular team. More
It’s the performances that make it work, especially Neeson (the guy is one of Hollywood’s genuine stars and don’t you forget it) and The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper, who displays some smooth comic timing. District 9’s prawn-prodder Sharlto Copley is just as lovably loony here, even though he finds his South African accent hard to shake. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has the right looks for B.A. Baracus, although he doesn’t get as many good one-liners as the others.
There are many nods to the TV show – B.A.’s fear of flying, Murdock with a sock puppet – some of the landscapes and locations even have an appealing on-the-cheap look, and there are plenty of choppers performing gravity-defying stunts. Carnahan’s movie doesn’t take itself seriously at all, which adds to the lightweight charm of what is essentially Charlie’s Angels with balls. Hide