Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The A-Team

So here we go again.

Blah blah. Movie based on retro TV show. Blah blah. Hollywood out of ideas. Blah blah. Setting up a franchise. Blah Blah Blah.

This time out, I really couldn't give a damn. I never watched the original series and so I don't have a dog in this fight. When I finally checked out a couple of episodes on DVD last year, I found it typical of the kind of goofy TV action show that the seventies and eighties really knew how to churn out (With the hills of California standing in for every location they could manage... Including southern Florida!).

I will say that the cast looks good, particularly Liam Neeson filling George Peppard's shoes. The recent death of his wife not withstanding, it would seem that old Liam is having a grand old time in his career playing Jedis, Spies and Batman villains (not to mention supreme beings of both Greek and Christian traditions).

The trailer is really over the top and gun heavy, which is not surprising but a bit sad when you consider the lack of bloodshed on the original show. Of course, Drew Barrymore kept the "No Guns" rule for her "Charlie's Angels" movies and that didn't keep them from being ridiculously over the top themselves.

And I suppose the movie is entitled to lapses of logic if it wants. In that same episode that featured a very mountainous South Florida, a couple of members of the the A-Team got out of a prison by inflating some garbage bags with hairdryers and floating out. Hell, even Macgyver never got that silly.

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