I’m trying not to get TOO excited about this upcoming A-Team movie. For the three people that read this thing on a regular basis, you’re well aware that tickling my nostalgia or memory bones tends to get me really into things. It’s not something I can logically defend, really. There’s stuff that I like, and I likes it. But the A-Team movie seems right up my alley, and it concerns me. There’s no “sneak peek” reviews yet. The trailers are ticking all of the right boxes. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check here, people!
The hot topic has and always will be the casting. I actually have a lot of faith in Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith. Liam’s a great actor who really gets into his role, and I think he’s totally up to the job. The dude from Alias is playing Face, and I don’t know enough about him to judge. The dude who played Wikus from District 9 is cast as Howlin’ Mad Murdock. It’s a complete 180 from the work he’s done before, which amounts to stuff related to District 9. I have no idea how he does comedic work, but the trailers have him with some funny one-liners. Murdock’s character is more dependent on writing than anything else, so I think there’s only so much to do.
Quinton Jackson as B.A. is everyone’s wildcard. There’s no way he can replace Mr. T and trying to emulate him seems futile. Jackson has talked about this at length, and it seems he and the director have worked on creating a new BA that can stand on his own. I’ve no idea how exactly they’re doing this, as it seems their BA still channels some of that Mr. T attitude and looks. As long as it’s a good, well-rounded character (I know, I know, this is the A-Team), I think I’ll be OK with it.
I’m appreciative that they’re going with the original story of four guys convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. The show was never high drama, but it was a character-driven show. Likewise, I think this movie needs to address that. A better plot can only make the characters we love better. I just hope that it’s going to be awesome. Steering a falling tank with its cannon is such genius that I hope it’s not the only crazy trick they pull.