There is something quaint about an 80s TV show revolving around mercenaries in which no one ever dies. But would that sensibility have worked for the new A-Team movie? It's an interesting question now that Mr. T has spoken out against the violence in the film: People die in the film and there's plenty of sex, but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore,Â he was quoted as saying after seeing an advance screening. It was too graphic for me. I've no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it's nothing like the show we turned out every week.Â
I haven't seen the movie, which hits theaters Friday, but as much as I dislike excessive violence, I have to admit that one of my pet peeves is when everyone in an action film is a bad shot. Watch this montage of firepower from the A-Team series. I get that shooting your guns through hoagie rolls (2:40), you're going to have accuracy issues, but occasionally, Hannibal's men looked like they meant business (okay, not during the golf cart chase at 2:18).
What do you want from The A-Team movie? A wink and a smile with zero body count? (To quote The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: One furious chase scene ended with the pursuing villains car in a spectacular high-speed crash. The camera lingered for a moment on the overturned wreck; one voice from inside grunted, You okay, Al and another answered, Yeah, I'm all right.Â) Or a wink, a smile, and some reasonable carnage? (We'll have to debate whether the violence is, in fact, reasonable after opening weekend.)