The Rewind: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Director:Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike)

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Don Cheadle.

Danny Ocean and  eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (The best movies have basic plots.)

I love this movie. It is among the few remakes that I feel drastically improves on the original. The star power alone is incredible and it works. So many times you get a bunch of big name stars together and they don’t work well together. I was pleased to see this wasn’t the case here. This was in fact the first film that I viewed five times in theaters. (Something repeated only a few times since.)

The humor is quite dry and there are a lot of running jokes that can easily be lost if you aren’t paying attention.  I love the stars chemistry, love the elaborate scheme they hatch, and the colorful characters they bring on board to get the job done.

From a writing standpoint, the banter between characters is sensational. While there isn’t a tremendous amount of character development. You do get to see the relationship dynamics of Tess and Danny in various spotlights.  Brad Pitt and George Clooney together are magical.

It’s always hard with a film like this, you don’t want to give too much information away.  If you haven’t watched this film and I even considering watching the Ocean’s Eight (2018) then this is a must watch.

As for Ocean’s Eight itself. They need to win me over because I’m not convinced it is going to be good. It feels like a money grab. (Women can be awesome cons and clever tricksters. That job need not belong to just men.) However, I hate when the idea of an all female cast is forced.  I think women need more versatility in roles, and there needs to be more women in higher positions (producers, directors, and studio executives). Make a movie with the same quality and aspects as this franchise. (Though they are clearly hoping the Ocean’s name will carry some financial benefit with audiences.)

In the end, I have not seen a trailer for Ocean’s Eight and while I have my reservations, if it winds up looking good. I’ll give them a shot to impress.

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