"The A-Team" is a completely ludicrous movie.
Everything about the movie is ridiculous. The casting is absurd, with pros like Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper sharing pretty much the entire running time with Quentin "Rampage" Jackson and Sharlto Copely. The TV show that the film is based on was a formula so simple even 12-year-olds felt like they were smarter than the storytelling. The action set pieces in the film are an affront to the laws of physics. The story is an aimless mess of cliche.
It's also heaps of fun.
From the moment this one was announced, I've had my arms folded in stern disapproval, annoyed not because the material is sacred, but for the exact opposite reason. It seemed like the bottom of the barrel. And yet sitting in the theater, watching the chaos and madness that Joe Carnahan orchestrated, it's such well-orchestrated chaos and madness that I stopped thinking about this as a remake or an update or whatever it is, and just started enjoying the lunacy of the ride.
Last week, Universal sent over a van-shaped box set of the original series, which I never really watched as a kid, and I threw on a few episodes. It seems silly to own 100-plus episodes of this, since every one of them seems to be exactly the same. That's what TV used to be... an excuse to watch the exact same thing every week. One of the reasons I actually watch more TV these days is because it's evolved past that, and in some ways, movies are starting to play that role. When people go see a sequel or a remake or a reboot, it's not because they want a brand-new experience... it's because they're chasing the familiar. They want the sensation of watching something new that is the exact same thing, the exact same sensation and feeling that they enjoyed before.