What I Watched This Week – The A-Team Movie

Last night we went to see The A-Team but before I tell you about the movie, I just wanted to express how grateful I am for having been a child (with cable TV) in the 80s. That era was truly the golden age of action/adventure shows. Magnum PI, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider and of course The A-Team were just a few of my favourites, and I pity the children of today who will never know or appreciate the contribution these shows made to pop culture. Watching the A-Team brought back to life on the big screen 25 years later make me realize that I’m now on the other side of the generation gap. Entertainment has really changed, and I liked it better the way it was.

I’m not saying it was a bad movie. It had great entertainment value. It just wasn’t The A-Team movie I wanted to see. My ideal would have been the original surviving team, brought back together for one last mission, guided by the spirit of Hannibal. Instead the movie was cast with a team of doppelgangers whose characters had fought in Iraq rather than Vietnam. It was full of over the top scenes of gratuitous violence that were so ridiculous that I found myself jeering the screen at times and unlike the series, people got hurt. Overall it did have a good plot though, as well as funny and clever dialogue. Also, for two hours I couldn’t decide who had the dreamier blue eyes: Bradley Cooper or Liam Neeson. I’m still undecided.

Movies made from television shows, old or new, are usually mediocre, but I have to admit, this one was better than most. Once I accepted the fact that it wasn’t going to be the A-Team I so fondly remembered and just an action movie, I was able to really enjoy it. Still, I really wish Hollywood would stop rehashing the classic movies and television shows of my childhood.

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