"I love it when a plan comes together."

Me too.

I love that the plan of making The A-Team into a movie came together in ways too beautiful to eloquently explain here. One day I will write a full 'proper' review but for now suffice it to say that I enjoyed The A-Team (film version) enormously.

I am a long-time fan of The A-Team. I own four of the five seasons on DVD. I have watched every episode countless times. I not only love it when a plan comes together, I know what happens when Hannibal gets on the jazz or BA pities a fool. So I had my concerns and doubts about this film version of my beloved cheese-tastic 80s hit.

But as a fan, I loved it.

I believe I clapped with glee at more than one moment. It was both cheesier and more awesome than I could have hoped for. And the much-maligned casting choices ended up being eerily spot-on. Particularly in the cases of Liam Neeson's Hannibal and Sharlto Copley's Murdock. BANG on. But let me say that I was pleasantly surprised by Bradley Cooper's version of Face besides and Rampage Jackson, while no Mr. T, did enough justice to BA Baracus to earn his place. (Truthfully, if we are honest, Mr. T holds his place in our hearts through sheer force of character and not due to any mighty thespian chops.)

The movie was a stupid amount of fun. It isn't serious. It is full of insane and madcap highly-improbable scenarios. Many many bullets are shot but precious few hit actual human targets. And there are plenty of wink-wink insider jokes that enhance the experience for long-time fans but won't negatively detract from any of the weird and wonderful action moments flying by onscreen for those newbies in the audience.

Okay, so this ended up being a sort of on-the-spot review. As such I will therefore say that The A-Team is not meant to be taken seriously. Like the show it is light and fluffy and stupid and cheesy and totally enjoyable. You will laugh - it is seriously hilarious in more than a few scenes - and you will catch your breath at some of the more insane action moments and then, seconds after leaving the theatre, you will all but forget everything you just witnessed but you will be left with the lingering feeling of having had a good time. And you will say "Yeah, I enjoyed that. I can't remember it but I'd totally watch it again. Or watch more." Just like the show.

It manages to be both a big-screen bombastic blockbuster and just like the show. Which, come on, hats off to the creators, is no mean feat. Look at Miami Vice. It can go very wrong, is what I'm saying. The A-Team, while not breaking any new ground, takes it's source material and goes very right with it. That is to say it doesn't re-invent the wheel or actually invent anything at all. So all that's left for it to do is have fun.

Just like the show.