A short while ago, we went to see 'The A Team' looking for some light entertainment. We got exactly that. I have fond memories of the show with George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict and Mr. T, and was concerned that they'd wreck it. I needn't have feared, it was updated - but the tone was exactly right. It was very good fun indeed.
We see how the team came together, we see how BA became scared of flying (though he's pretty relaxed about being shot!) We see 'the Van', for a while. There are nice little 'in-jokes' throughout - e.g. look out for a reference to Reginald Barclay on a film which is shown, and to 'Starbu..' (though that was only a glimpse).
The big set piece in the film is massively over the top - and could have done with being scaled back a bit - and there are cameos post credit from Benedict and Schultz (all you folks who walk out as soon as the credits rolled.....!)
Yes, it's not high art, but it is fun - and as such captured the updated spirit of the original.... though it dialled it up somewhat. If they make a sequel, being locked in a shed with nothing but a bunch of power tools, engines, metals, and guards not curious about what all the machining noises are would have to feature.
For all its flaws, and there are many, it got away with it. If you take the film seriously, you really won't like it. It's overblown and preposterous.
We enjoyed it. It was fun.
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground, where they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem.
If no-one else can help.
And if you can find them.
Maybe you can hire, the 'A team'