June 22, 2010

JustSON at the Movies: The A-Team

So Casey sends me this text message "Go see 'The A-Team' it's the best movie of the year."

I chuckled at the absurdity of the text. The remake of The A-Team is a good movie? What's next? Mel Gibson's resurgence as a likable movie star?

Luckily, there is a movie theater right by my apartment and luckily, they were showing the movie. Going in, I had no expectations whatsoever except that it must be somewhat entertaining. The lights dimmed, the volume was turned up and for the next two hours I was pleasanty suprised.

It was a good action movie. There hasn't been a good, tongue-in-cheek action movie in a looooong time. It definitely stays true to its 80s TV series roots and feels like the kind of flicks you used to get when you were young and got to rent an Arnie movie from the video store.

It's pure entertainment. That's for sure. The action scenes are ridiculous but there's never a point during the movie where you think to yourself "well that's just cheesy" even though if I described the action scenes it would sound like a big bag of cheddar. It's not going to win any Oscars or anything along that line but the movie is cast well with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley.

The A-Team probably wont get high marks from the critics, but as a casual movie-goer I was very happy with what was delivered. The highlight was definitely Copley's portrayal of H.M. Murdock, the insane pilot of the A-Team. It wasn't just a gimmick that he was crazy but rather it was a wonderful quirk in his character.

Another thing the movie does well is excuting the "We have a plan, we're going to carry it out" segments that will probably piss off critics. It's been done roughly 1,238,452 times in movies, but it still is fun how this movie shows how a plan is formulated and how they carry it out. Usually the planning and executing footage happens at the same time, giving the action a very interesting and intelligent flow to it.

Anyways, Casey was right, go see The A-Team.

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