TV shows to movies are always a tricky deal. Even trickier is TV Sketches to movies. Hell this past weekend I was reminded of the crapfest in a bun of a movie called “Good Burger”…
Now I have personal faves (Wayne’s World and The Brady Bunch Movie) but most of the times, TV to movies are usually the lowest common denominator in films.
And most of the times they fall trap of being too far off the TV show that makes you wonder “Whats the point?”
In terms of sketches to movies, they fall into lame brain formulas and non characters, mostly because all the characters are sketch characters and they don’t know how to expand them into feature films.
SO, with all that being said, lets look at what Hollywood got for us this year?
Well holy shit…its the A-Team!
They did the teaser the way I would have done it.
Use the shows original opening narration for the trailer, give us a little taste of the epic version of the theme song, and a whole lot of goofy action, and god damn it thats what they gave us!
I’m down. All I ever asked for an A-Team movie is to make it like the TV Show, but with a massive budget, and thats what it looks like. The A-Team was always just “The Dirty Dozen:The Show”, so making a movie based on The A-Team seemed to me the easiest TV to movie adaptation.
Whats kind of crazy for me? Actor Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is playing B.A. Baracus, BUT we all know that B.A. Baracus was just Mr. T. BUT Rampage can’t just play Mr.T, he has to play B.A. Baracus, but B.A. Baracus is simply Mr. T, so Rampage has to find a way to play B.A. Baracus with out playing Mr. T but Mr. T is……
…ouch. I suddenly I got a headache.
The thing I’m pretty excited about for this film is that it looks to be a balls out fun 80’s style action movie, the kind were the heroes smile and were the bad guys are going to drop like flies.
If there was one series of sketches that represents the formulaic- SNL- repetitive sketch, then it’s Macgruber.
Sometimes they work on me, sometimes they don’t, but I hardly would think of making a movie out Macgruber, so I was surprised that they announced one.
God help me…but I kinda liked what I saw.
Directing looks pretty slick, and there are some choice moments that made me laughed. There were a few jokes that didn’t work, but overall, I thought it looks waaaay better than what I thought it was going to be.
I also liked that Kristen Wigg will be getting her first major movie role that utilizes everything I like about her in SNL (her delivery at the end was pretty good.)
And yes, the bit with the warhead at the end looks to be setting up a usual Macgrueber style scenario, which makes me wonder what the twist will be this time.
I also find it pretty weird that we live a world were a MacGyver parody is being made into a movie before they make a legit MacGyver movie.
So…is it too late to ask as for a Spartans movie?