Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The A-Team

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The A-Team - 4 out of 5

Over-the-top, action packed and filled with a great cast! That sums up The A-Team in a nutshell. Many of the critics and my friends hate on this film (it only got a 47% on the Tomato-meter on Rotten Tomatoes) but going into the film, I kept in mind that this was just a mindless action popcorn movie and, in doing so, I had a great time watching the movie. A friend of mine even said that this film was 2010's answer to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen however, the lack of Shia LaDoucheBag, Monica Fox, robot testicles and racist robots INSTANTLY made this film 100 times better than that steaming pile from Michael Bay. Sure the film uses movie physics but with a great cast, slick action film editing, and lots of explosions, it's easy to sit back and just have a good time with the film.

Liam Neeson takes the role of Hannibal perfectly and his performance is equally matched by the rest of the team with Bradley Cooper as Face, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson taking over for Mr. T as B.A. and the immensely talented Sharlto Copley playing Murdock absolutely perfectly. (Please, Sharlto, keep doing movies, you are so entertaining to watch.) But the great cast didn't stop at the team itself as Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) is fantastic as the film's antagonist and even the usually disappointing Jessica Biel is decent enough to not destroy the film. The movie even delivers some icing on the cake as one of my favorite 1960's ad executives makes an uncredited cameo.

Yes, this movie is over the top. No, this movie won't win any awards but that doesn't mean you can't have fun watching it. Not every film has to be The Godfather. Sometimes, it's just good to sit down with a mindless action film to forget the troubles of the day or to just have fun with and The A-Team does this quite well. Just pure fun! I love it when a movie comes together.

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