Socorro Movie Review: The A-Team
This week's Socorro movie review features The A-Team directed by Joe Carnahan and starring, among others, Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel.
Next question, please.
Where do I start? This movie is completely and totally inane. I can't think of one socially redeeming quality. Not one. And, believe it or not, I was a fan of the TV series of the same name when I was a kid. I was a child, so I suppose I can be forgiven for that transgression. But I'm an adult now, and I just can't forgive myself for seeing this film. The plot was cheesy. Not fun cheesy. Just dumb cheesy. The acting was, hmm, let's be kind and call it poor. The humor? The few attempts at humor landed like a wet noodle on the theatre floor.
The thing that really, really bothered me about this movie was that it not only glorified - and made light of - violence (including torture!), indirectly, but that it directly ridiculed (and misrepresented) Gandhi and his non-violent approach to solving injustices. And it did this in the span of about five minutes of action and a whopping two or three sentences of dialogue. Pitiful. For the writers and directors to stoop to such overt propaganda - presumably to win favor with the US military, who no doubt provided much of the equipment used in the film - is pathetic. Gandhi is rolling over in his grave.
Because of these problems, which make the film not worth seeing in my opinion, The A-Team merits 1 out of 5 chili peppers on the Socorro News Red-or-Green scale.
Why is it that the Loma can't seem to present a movie in focus lately? The last 3 or 4 films I've seen there have been discernibly out of focus. The first 2 or 3, I got up and complained. The lady at the concessions was friendly and polite, informing me that someone was "on it." Yet when I returned to my seat, the movie remained out of focus. I don't know how the focus works in the theatre, whether it is manual or automatic, but if it's manual my theory is that the guy running the projector needs his vision corrected (seriously).
I still support the Loma and think it would be a shame to lose it. However, if they want to keep customers happy, the focus issue should be resolved.