Movie Review: The A-Team

One sentence summary: I pity da foo’ who don’t watch this movie!

To me, films are like food. Some films are made to be savored–to study and scrutinize each bite. Others are there to be devoured, like a medium rare steak. Others are junk food, plain and simple. But you know what? No matter how many times nutritionists tell us to avoid junk food, we’re still going to raid the cookie jar now and then.

The A-Team is a cookie jar raid, plain and simple. Does it all make sense? Are Coco Puffs really part of a healthy breakfast? Does it matter? No! When adapting such a seminal work, the director needs to do one thing and one thing only: get it right. The A-Team (the TV show) was all about the team coming together, getting BA on a plane in some contrived manner, and then building stuff so they could blow other stuff up. The movie delivers on all of that–it gets the team together (twice!), gets BA on a plane in many different contrived manners, and then blows the tar out of just about anything that could be blown up.

And it even managed to make a tank fly.

Will I rewatch fifty times, trying to decipher the various shades of meaning? No. Did I thoroughly enjoy myself? Yes. I’m at a point these days where I won’t go to the theater for just any old flick. I can get a better experience with most movies by watching them in Blu-ray on my home system. But there are some movies that are meant to be seen big. To be seen with a big audience. The A-Team is one of those–it’s made better by making it a shared experience.

So if you’re a guy, then call up your guy friends, start blasting some 80s metal music on your car stereo, and head on over to the theater. If you’re a girl, then frankly I’m impressed that you made it this far into the review. Kudos to you!

Three stars from me. What say you?

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: The A-Team”

  1. If you’re a girl you’re surprised… Pfpht! Whatever, I LOVED the A-Team growing up! My husband on the other hand, doesn’t even know what the A-Team is (sad head shake) and he doesn’t like 80s metal… but he does like it when stuff gets blown up 🙂
    So, why is Blue-Ray so superduper? How is it better than HD? If you already blogged about the difference, I’d like to read about it.

  2. Blu-ray is essentially the DVD version of HD. Actually, the picture is usually better than whatever HD you’re getting through your cable or satellite subscription, since your provider is likely reducing the signal to save on bandwidth. So if you know the difference between regular def and high def, you know the difference between Blu-ray and DVD. Oh–and Blu-ray has better surround sound options, so if you have a good 7.1 speaker system, you can hear the same audio that you’d get in the theater.

    I have a 42″ LCD with 7.1 surround sound and a Playstation 3 Blu-ray player. What this boils down to for me is the ability to watch movies at home that are crisper than in the theater, with the same sound, and no annoying kids kicking the back of my chair. (Or if they’re kicking, that’s because they’re MY kids, and I can make them stop.) 🙂

    Does that answer your questions? I’d be happy to write a fuller blog post about it, if you’re still left in doubt.

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