There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…
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Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.
Sometimes after rewatching a film I wasn't planning to watch, I come to Letterboxd to log it only to encounter a rating I can't make sense of. When I joined I just rated films I've seen from memory.
My memory sucks as I really don't know why I rated this three stars.
This was on the telly tonight and I just happened to pass by, got sucked in by the company it was keeping and the buckets of charm it was oozing. The entertainment it provides is effortless and smooth, strengthened by the natural way the impressive ensemble cast bounce off of each other.
Just a fantastic bit of escapism.
"I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place, and I'll never forget it."
Ocean's Eleven commits three of the cardinal sins of Hollywood filmmaking:
1. Thou shalt not profit off the success of a previous film.
2. Thou shalt not deliver comedy primarily through talented actors reading a humorous script.
3. Thou shalt not hold thine audience in suspense by means of misdirection or withholding information.
Yet somehow, by the glorious magic of Steven Soderbergh's tight pacing, skillful cinematography and classy soundtrack, as well as his wonderful collaboration with writer Ted Griffin, it succeeds in robbing me of my heart.
This isn't a movie, it's a magic trick.
Disposable entertainment that helps ease the pain of living this cruel life that we are forced to live.
Good heist films are rare, but when they are made they tend to become instant hits, because everybody loves them. There is absolutely no shame in admitting you do by the way. The art of the steal, the baddy as the film’s protagonist, glorification of the life of a thief, these are thrilling aspects of the sub-genre that grand them their gratification. ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, which I had never seen before even though being a huge Brad Pitt fan, is no exception to this rule of thumb and with a talented director as Soderbergh behind the steer wheel, nothing stops this all-stars cast from shining in the attractive roles they have been offered to play. And why wouldn’t they? They get…
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"You guys are pros. The best. I'm sure you can make it out of the casino. Of course, lest we forget, once you're out the front door, you're still in the middle of the fucking desert!"
Ocean's Eleven is one of the most original heist films ever made. And it's not because of how smart it is, or the way the heist goes down - it's in the way which director, Steven Soderbergh approaches the material. In no way is this a 'serious' heist films (such as Thief or Heat). It's a film that can be watched over and over - merely for the enjoyment of the dialogue. Rather than taking the route of…
Let me start off by saying this is a fantastic heist film. The stakes are high for the stellar cast, and it completely pays off in the end. Unfortunately, I have a couple of (large) problems I'd like to point out.
While funny, a lot of the comedic dialogue felt forced. Some of the surprises and plot twists result from the film withholding information. However, a lot of the entertainment comes from not knowing the entirety Eleven's plan. That being said, I believe re-watching the film might not be as fun the second time around if one knows exactly what's going to happen. That's what the sequels are for, I suppose.
A star-studded heist comedy which auteur Steven Soderbergh infused with such swagger and slickness; no one would be remotely offended by the film and the minutia of the acting, cinematography, editing to even the score from David Holmes.
I was always into a good heist movie especially one which goes into the nifty plans to foil an almost impregnable security system.
The operation of such magnitude required the manpower as the eponymous characters was uniquely recruited which was my favorite segment of the film aside the actual heist of course.
The suave axis of Clooney as Danny Ocean and Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryans worked impeccably to swoon the ladies and got the guys on board as well.
That movie delivers.
It was my second time watching it and I liked it as much as the first time I watched it. It sure is different from the first time since you don't have the element of surprise, but I still like the movie a lot. I think I could watch the end, when the heist takes place, over and over. So well orchestrated.
I have never been able to watch this film and follow the dialogue.
Exposition and plot points are rattled off without any weight and the only words I end up processing are the knowing jokes that feel forced, but are charming nonetheless. Soderbergh is so often playing with different forms of information and how they are given/taken that I can't help but wonder if he was trying to show how meaningless and carelessly treated it all is here. At the very least it's interesting that it makes me feel so overwhelmed, frustrated, and apathetic when it should be a stylish, relatively formulaic, heist picture. Speaking of, so much of the movie is clunky, but Soderbergh keeps it moving somewhat smoothly through sheer force of stylistic will.
Dunno why I hadn't seen this before..
Turns out it's EXACTLY what I thought it'd be.
Stylish. Slick. Good.
19/20ths slickly assembled, tightly paced escapism; then Debussy's 'Clair de Lune' strikes up and it's 1/20th perfection. Brilliantly scripted, great soundtrack. #see
Nb: why did they make sequels to this?
Is this the best film of the 21st century so far?
Soderbergh please come back.
One of my all time favourite films and just so much fun. You can tell the cast are having a ball and it provides a fantastic chemistry that elevates the film.
"You think we need one more? You think we need more. All right, we'll get one more."
*need to remember this quote in case I get to the stage in life where I already have one child and discover another is on the way*
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