Friday, April 2, 2010

Remake The A-Team


80's TV show's remakes... Seem to be all the rage these days, and it’s no surprise really. All the people who grew up watching them and loved them are now all writers, directors and producers, "fans" if you will. However the very very rarely seem to be able to capture the essence of the originals. Whys is this? Well maybe it’s because the original shows are about 25 - 30 years old now. They are defined by the era they came from and the fact they were part of our childhood. When they are pushed forth into this decade they seem out of place, alien almost. It is then you realised that part of your childhood has been tarnished forever. (Fuck you Michael Bay!!)

Sometimes 80's TV show should remain in the 80's it’s as simple as, apart from the reboot of Battlestar Galetica I can't think of any other TV show or film that has bridged the generational gap as it were.

Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, Transformers all came along, looked amazing and yet didn't capture the timeless quality of the originals.

If you look at the up and coming remakes and reboots there are plans for T.J HOOKER, MACGYVER, THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO and THE A-TEAM.

Now of all of these THE A-TEAM is the one with the closest release date, promo photos and trailers have been released. How does it look? Well the new trailer is featured below.

Of course it looks daft; the scene with the tank is preposterous but... Isn't that what the A-Team was all about? They got out of situations using the most ridiculous plans. As long as they were captured or holed up somewhere where there was a toolbox and a welding torch, they could fabricate a tank from a mini or a machine gun from an umbrella.

Its got the quips, the insane plans, hell I think it may even have "The Jazz". Exactly what is needed in this film to make it work.

Tell me you didn't get a smile on your face when you heard those 1st few note of the theme tune, nod knowingly when BA said he wasn't getting on the plane or have a little squeeeee moment when you saw that van fly into the screen? Of course you did, because they are the quintessential parts of what makes up the A-Team from your childhood.

I don't think this film is going to be great, I'm not sure if it will even fuck up another childhood memory, but it may just be fun. It’s going for over the top, bigger than life characters. THAT'S what the A-Team was all about.


Barry Kennedy said...

Can't wait

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