Fans of the A-Team TV series will want to know whether the new movie version is faithful to it -- which is to say they're hoping the film is cheesy, preposterous, and brimming with catchphrases. And it is. Mission accomplished there. But while that kind of corny entertainment is fun when you're 12 years old and it's on TV, for free, we usually have different standards when it comes to movies, especially now that we are adults and movie tickets are expensive. We realize now that someone saying "I love it when a plan comes together" while chomping a cigar is not, by itself, automatically awesome.
The A-Team really hopes your feelings toward it will be heavily influenced by nostalgia. Directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces), it seems to have been packaged as a product, intended to hit certain points on a checklist, with the story, characters, and general coherence relegated to secondary importance. The screenplay is attributed to Carnahan, actor Brian Bloom (his first writing credit), and Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), but there were reportedly at least eight other men who wrote drafts during its long gestation period. They've been trying to make an A-Team movie for more than a decade -- not THIS A-Team movie, but ANY A-Team movie.
And this is what they wound up with: a frenetic, mildly entertaining action flick whose only distinction from other frenetic, mildly entertaining action flicks is that this one is called The A-Team.