The New (justice) A-Team

So I hear there’s this movie coming out about some band of brothers who were wrongly convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. As a fan of the original A-Team, I A-pprove. See, what people don’t get about the A-Team is that it’s the 1980s equivalent of popcorn western films.  The only thing that could have made it better is if Clint Eastwood was in it.

So when I hear that there’s a new A-Team coming, I’m pretty psyched. I mean, here’s what you have to do to have a successful A-Team:

1. Hannibal Smith has to be awesome. Liam Neeson is “interesting” casting, but he’s a great actor, so I think he can pull it off. Chomp cigars, have plans come together, wham bam thank you ma’am.

2. BA Baracus has to be, well, bad ass. Drive a kick-ass van, physically kick somebody in the ass, and… well, that’s about it.

3. Howlin’ Mad Murdock’s got to be batshit insane. We’re talking fire in the belly here.

4. Faceman… well, he just has to be there. Hey, you’re the weakest character, just don’t fuck up.

It’s not that hard when you think about it, but a lot of the identity of those characters were wrapped up in the actors that played them originally. This was the same problem Steve Carrell had in Get Smart. Don Adams defined Maxwell Smart. Carrell actually played a very good Smart. If this movie can be the same kind of quality that Get Smart was, I think most people and fans alike will be pretty pleased. I mean, a tank falling out of a C-130 blowing guys up? That there my friend takes some balls that only Hannibal Smith would possess. I expect them to hit all the notes – they’ve already got the van, BA not getting on a plane, cigars, etc. I’m curious as to what they’ll do for the stuff we’ve never seen before. The C-130 drop sequence was a great start; here’s hoping there’ll be more.

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