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Exalted Movie Mondays – The A-Team

September 6, 2010

Okay, so this is a few months late, but I’ve been thinking about it more and more over the last few days.  I can’t get The A-Team out of my head. I’m eager for it to be released on video, so I can pick it up and laugh all over again. Anyone who went to The A-Team looking for a serious, quality movie got half of what they wanted.

For the three of you who have been living under a rock since 1983, the A-Team refers first to a television show that was… mediocre at best, and more recently to a movie released earlier this year. The plot revolves around an elite group of ex-Army Rangers, falsely accused of a crime. While TV series followed their exploits afterward, the movie (which is my focus) showcases their origin, their accusation, and their subsequent escape from prison.

The movie itself is action-packed, as you’d expect, but more than that, it’s charming. The characters are all simultaneously true to their TV alter egos and also unique, adding their own twists to beloved favorites. The plot is interesting enough to get your attention, but it’s really the characters, both on and off the titular team, that hold it. The interplay among the protagonists is charming and clever, but the villains and supporting cast more than hold their own.

Each of the four members of the A-Team shows traits of a Solar Caste. B.A. (“Bad Attitude”) Baracus is obviously a Dawn, pattered as he is after the character that made Mr. T famous. Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith is an intellectual Zenith, with his comments about not believing in coincidence, and knowing that even when you can’t see it, there’s always a plan. Lt. “Faceman” Peck is a Social-heavy Night, with his emphasis on finding unconventional solutions to problems. Finally, Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock is the finest example of a lunatic Eclipse I’ve ever seen, considering he can fly or drive anything, and at one point he actually picks up a new language ON THE FLY.

The A-Team is one of a string of mercenary movies this year, including such gems as The Losers and The Expendables, but it manages to stand out despite that. I thoroughly recommend the film to anyone interested in a good heist movie, Exalted, or the source material… or, honestly, anyone who can appreciate a well-produced piece of light-hearted action.

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