The A-Team burst back into our national consciousness with guns blaring, ubiquitous sarcasm flaring, and the requisite pervasive stunts and special effects. Think of it as the original, only more so, and with a sampling of F-words and the like scattered throughout to divert our attention from the lack of a coherent plot. There were numerous moments of truly funny humor, but one wonders what the movie might have been had the director and writers actually conceived a storyline which was plausible within the framework of the A-Team world, and storytelling points which were not so condescendingly applied.
For example, the A-Team characters–especially Hannibal, who normally planned the spec ops missions–were portrayed as reviewing the scenarios with his counterparts while the results of said scenarios were alternatively overlaid onto the conversation so that the viewer perceives the planning and execution nearly simultaneously. The result feels like a doting, condescending teacher telling his niave students what is about to happen, and then walking them through it step-by-step, just to make sure they don’t miss anything as it actually occurs. It leaves little suspense. It assumes the viewer lacks the ability to follow a storyline, a point which is valid given the ridiculous yanks and twists of this one. It takes foreshadowing to a narrative extreme, removing any interest in what might occur next, since it largely has already been laid out ad nauseum. This tactic might work for older elementary age boys who are more interested in the action than the plot. But do we really want our boys emulating the sensuality, violence, and foul language portrayed so liberally in this film? Oh, wait. Many of them already are to a degree. Small wonder why, when parents take their children to PG-13 or R rated films, not caring how it will influence their thinking.
On a positive note, there are numerous funny scenes, some spectacular–though predictable, due to the pedantic story-telling method–action scenes, and some witty dialogue between the main characters, who were fairly likeable after the manner of their television predecessors.
I give A-Team one shrug up for the several laughs it offered, but two thumbs way down for stealing my time, money and patience due to a horribly executed story which insults the intelligence of those who care about such things.