Straight Shootin’ with The Brain: The A-Team Movie
Among the things I love in this world are when a plan comes together and The A-Team movie that was released in 2010.
This was not the first time Hollywood in their infinite wisdom went back a few decades, found a popular TV show and said “Let’s make a movie!”
But in this case, I think Hollywood got it right. The A-Team’s transition from the small screen to the big screen was done to perfection in my opinion.
The casting was on target… Liam Neeson as the man with the plan, Hannibal Smith. Bradley Cooper as the smooth con man Face. Sharlto Copley as the lunatic Murdock. And Quinten Jackson as B.A. Baracus. I defy anyone to say… oh “so and so” would have made a better Hannibal, or “that one guy” would have been perfect as Face. No, they got it right on this one. They didn’t decide that one of the characters needed to be a woman or that Hannibal needed to be younger and played by Channing Tatum. They simply took the characters from the original and did the absolute best job at filling those roles with the current crop of talent they had to work with.
I was a big fan of the TV series. The show, without exaggeration, changed my life as it furthered my fandom of professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan was on The A-Team, Mr. T was wrestling at WrestleMania and there I was glued to the television for both.
We all know when entertainment properties are remade, fans of the original tend to be extremely critical of the remakes. And I’m just as guilty as anybody on this. Take the Superman movies of the past decade… they will NEVER come close to Superman: The Movie for me. All the advancements in special effects in the world will never get me to feel about a Superman movie the way I feel about the 1978 original.
So I am not going to hand out praise when a movie is made based on one of my favorite television shows of all-time and I honestly believe that The A-Team movie is excellent and I believe it did not get the love it should have when it was released.
Do you know what the #1 movie in America was the weekend The A-Team came out? The Karate Kid remake… you should be ashamed of yourselves America. People chose the wrong remake to see that weekend.
And I believe that was part of the reason The A-Team movie did not perform as well as it should have. The movie was paying for Hollywood’s sins in regards to the endless parade of crappy remakes.
Had it not been released in the busy summer blockbuster season, I believe there’d have been more eyes on it. Had it come out at the beginning of May or sometime in August instead of the heart of June, I think the box office would have been stronger for the film.
The Expendables came out the same year, but it had the August release, so it was on the tail end of the blockbuster season. And I’m sure some will disagree, but I feel that The A-Team was vastly superior to the original Expendables. Frankly, I thought The Expendables was boring. It had the novelty of the dream team of action stars, but the story itself was so so, I barely remember it, but I doubt I will ever forget The A-Team flying a tank for as long as I live. And I think one of the reasons The Expendables 2 went all out was because they knew they got lucky with the success of the original and wanted to make the second one what the first one should have been. Had The Expendables had the June opening that The A-Team had there wouldn’t have been a sequel.
The ending of The A-Team left the door open for sequels and those sequels would have made a lot more sense for Liam Neeson than more Takens. We could be watching the further adventures of The A-Team, instead we will eventually see what happens when somebody steals Liam Neeson’s dog in taKen 9.