There are certain films you go into with the expectation of simply being mindlessly entertained in exchange for your $11.95. I think “The A-Team” falls squarely into that category. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I am not a fan of the television show.
I know that those who are fans of the show have some very strong opinions about what needs to be featured in the film. But personally, if I get some humor and a lot of explosions and fight sequences, I will walk out of the theatre a happy film critic. And given the high-energy teaser trailer, all signs point to a fun summer blockbuster.
Explaining what “The A-Team” is about is likely an exercise in redundancy because, let’s face it, who doesn’t know what “The A-Team” is about? But, for the sake of the uninformed, here we go: “The A-Team” is about four ex-Marines who work as soldiers for hire after being accused of a crime they didn’t commit. The details of the plot of the film haven’t been released, but it does involve the A-Team being hunted by one of their former Marine buddies and his ex-wife, played by Jessica Biel. This film will likely be the definition of “action packed” and should contain enough explosions and slo-mo shots to make Michael Bay green with envy.
Why then does the poster not reflect that this is going to be an action film? Clearly they are promoting that this is the A-Team. And while I have no problem staring at these four gentlemen, it would be nice to see a poster that capitalized on the energy of the film. Where’s the A-Team’s van? Where’s any dynamic movement? As a poster, it falls flat, saved only by the tongue-in-cheek tagline “There is no plan B.”
Thankfully, we will likely get some more posters closer to the June 11 release date. If “The A-Team’s” marketing team is smart, they’ll release single character posters that play up what each person brings to the A-Team. And despite the poster, I will be seeing “The A-Team” June 11, ready and willing for some cinematic brain freeze.
“The A-Team” is out in theatres June 11, and stars Liam Neeson (picured above), Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
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