Director Joe Carnahan's silver screen re-imagining of the popular 1980s television action/comedy series The A-Team brought the resourceful fugitive war heroes out of the Vietnam era and into the Gulf. Enlisting Alan Silvestri to carve out a score was a wise choice, as the veteran composer is well versed in the decade from which the show was resurrected, and while his take on the bloodless vigilantes' shenanigans hardly merits comparison to his work on the Back to the Future trilogy, Silvestri has managed to successfully blend the cheesy, pioneering spirit of Mike Post and Pete Carpenter's iconic A-Team theme (which doesn’t appear in full until the end credits) with the reverb-drenched, military snare, Hans Zimmer-inspired bravado of modern war/action films. The producers also get extra credit for not wantonly inserting a heavily orchestrated, vaguely related torch song from a breakout/already popular/fading female vocalist.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger
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