The A-Team (2010)

Liam Neeson (Hannibal), Bradley Cooper (Faceman), Jessica Biel (Charisa Sosa)Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (B.A.)

Directed by John Carnahan (Smokin' Aces)

From IMDB: A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

What a surprise! I really liked this film. Admittedly, I had incredibly low standard going in. I didn't watch the television show when I was a kid, so I have nothing to compare it against, and parts of the trailer looked quite hokey. But Liam Neeson is delicious, as is Bradley Cooper. Bring on the men and explosion!

Mostly it was just funny. I laughed like a crazy person in several places. The two foremost comedic performances came from Patrick Wilson, of Watchmen, who played CIA agent Lynch, and Sharlto Copley, of District 9, who played psycho pilot Murdock. Their lines and observations were absurd--just random interjections that all seemed adlib. The constant levity reminded me that this was not a super serious film to be taken super seriously.

A more subtle comedy came from Neeson and Cooper. They had a fantastic faux-father/son relationship, and created great on-screen guy chemistry. Their characters really seemed to be on the same page. They found the same things ridiculous, and they prepared for the difficult tasks in the same way. Through it all, even during the ridiculously over-the-top tank-flying scene, Neeson's Hannibal was in charge. Faceman, played by Cooper, shouted at him and cursed at him, but he still did as he was told. That complete faith in Hannibal's leadership really created the dynamic that this team was special.

Oh, and did I mention they were delicious? As Zoe Archer said, I'd like to climb Liam Neeson like a cat on curtains. That and Bradley Cooper has the world's most perfect amount and placement of chest hair. Just thought you should know. The chemistry between him and Jessica Biel was also quite good. She was strong and beautiful, never succumbing to overplayed tough chick cliches.

Bring your funny bone, turn off your brain, and get ready to drool. Quality all around. I'm actually looking forward to the sequel they so obviously have planned.

1 comment:

etirv said...

Thanks for your review! Plan to se this movie on DVD later... especially curious about Copley, he was great in District 9!