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Thursday, 5 August 2010

The Thin White Dude: Regarding The A-Team

With the release of the new A-Team film, in cinemas now, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Sharlto Copley as Hannibal Smith, Face, B.A Baracas and Murdock respectively, we have a new gang playing the roles. To be fair to the film, although it is not a good film by any means, it must be admired for no pussyfooting or beating around the bush regarding it's intentions. Also, it is not without a touch of irony regarding its ridiculousness, something the show had in heaps. However, saying that, it only has enough of a storyline to sustain about an hour's worth of screen time which poses to me a question: why didn't they just remake the TV show as a TV show instead of turning it into a feature length film. I am willing to place bets that it will not turn into the profitable franchise that marketing monsters are thinking of, for if The Almighty Dollar has anything to say about, which it usually does, it won't. Box-office has been lower than expected, and it will have to make at least $300 million before the bigwigs pay any attention. With the $110 million granted to the film-makers, surely they could have commissioned at least one, 13-episode series with Liam Neeson and co. Also, there could have been original stories every week. I would be willing to bet, even in accountancy terms of The Almighty Dollar, that it would better. God, I sound so horrible speaking in these terms, but from my history of what works box-office wise in film, I could be one of these executives who worship the religion of The Almighty Dollar. But I won't, because The Almighty Dollar is a false God, and to be fair, I don't believe you!

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