The A Team – what you need to know

The new-look A-Team has debuted at the première of the film, and although the original B.A. Baracus is crying into a beer and a pile of Snickers bars somewhere in Hollywood, the film seems set to be one of the first summer blockbusters. We thought we’d answer a few burning questions about the remake.

So, if you’re looking at this film and wondering what exactly they were thinking when they got this new foo’ in to replace the old foo’, then you’ve come to the right place. Simply, this has taken the hugely successful TV series of the 1980s, focusing on a group of four ex-Special Forces men doing mercenary work whilst on the run from the US government. Not too far-fetched then, right? It was a massive success because of its array of humorous and over-the-top characters, violence, and bizzare storylines, and this should suit any audience willing to pump money into anything directed by Ridley Scott (though I do warn you, he’s also down to do a Universal adapation of the Monopoly board game. You have been warned.

The film, at this point, has been in development for around fifteen years (we’re serious), going through many different ideas and, logically, writers as it it was finally worked into a watchable narrative. How watchable is yet to be seen, but I’m estimating that a rather large van, smooth-talking special-agenty types and a colossal amount of pyrotechnics mean that no one’s going to walk out of the cinema too upset if the narrative isn’t Shakespearian.

Replacing B.A. Baracus has, most would wager, been the most difficult task – especially as the original (played by the now sell-out advert man Mr. T, who endorses everything from chocolate to games he’ll never play) is still working in front of cameras. We’re hoping for a cameo, as you never know – even Marvin the Paranoid Android’s original robotic form was given a small part in the remake of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. However, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a mixed martial arts fighter, seems an apt replacement, though if he doesn’t pity a single foo’ then most will be disappointed.

Most importantly though – judge the remake for what it is – a modern re-envisioning of a classic TV show about a quartet of mercs in a van. Even though we’re likely to have more “modern” aspects slipped in for today’s audiences (cue the geezer-pleasing use of Jessica Biel and an absent narrative), it’s likely to stir up interest in other 80s TV shows, much like the recent surge in comic adaptations has. The trailer for the A-Team, released in the UK next Friday, is below. Let us know what you think.

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