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In any other town they'd be the bad guys...
Ocean's Eleven is the 'Rat-Pack' comedy about robber Danny Ocean and his gang's attempt to rob the five biggest casinos in Las Vegas.
After watching and liking Soderbergh's modern remake of Ocean's Eleven, I really wanted to watch this.
To see where it all started. The cast full of stars.
And most of all, I simply like heist films.
Well, this movie is so far from its modern remake.
First of all, we spent about 50 minutes just watching every character talk to someone else, with no clear direction.
It barely even concerns the heist. 50 minutes in.
We see how each character gets involved. Thats fine.
But why do we need 50 minutes to settle each character's personal life?
Then the heist. One of the most boring, lifeless and dull heists I have seen. No tension. No intelligence. Nothing.
Sadly, I do…
In which a shockingly dull ensemble pulls off a surprisingly unimaginative heist. Occasional bursts of energy from cameo players (Red Skelton, Shirley MacLaine), along with Sammy Davis, Jr.'s warblings of "E.O. 11" (a song I can't help but hear as interpreted by Eugene Levy), only serve to underscore the general listlessness. Soderbergh's version is an improvement in almost every way, though I prefer Angie Dickinson here to Julia Roberts there (especially in that the character just tells Ocean off and never returns), and the original's closing-credits sequence, identifying the actors as their characters shuffle morosely down the Strip, may turn out to have more staying power than all the remake's disposable fun.
If you can sit through the grueling first half of Sinatra and friends "hard at work" acting and yapping around in mansions and hotel rooms, it might be worthwhile to see this charming caper to the end.
Thinking back the two or three minutes that have passed since I rated this movie, I do feel like I've been very generous. Let's face it; if I just hadn't spent a few hours in the company of the Rat Pack, I'd be bored out of my mind. And its not like I have much of a story with these guys, nor do they come across as charming or even likable. It's more in the way it satisfy part of my curiosity over their legacy.
The heist is dull and unimaginative, the characters are lifeless cardboard cutouts, and the balance and pacing of the script is slowly taking its time going nowhere. Soderbergh deserves all kind of credit to take…
I'm surprised anybody even considered remaking this film it's such a waste of time.
I'm a big fan of the new Ocean's films, I think they are great heist movies (except from 12) so when I found out that the first one was a remake I got excited. I thought this would be amazing because why would there be a remake for a bad 1960s film. Then I found out that it starred none other than Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., I think these guys are great, they're brilliant singers. Well the original Ocean's does not hold up, I think this is mostly because of the remake being so good. The film is mostly just these guys having fun and it shows. The film is also on for 2 hours now…
A total failure as a heist film (a problem solved by the remake), it functions primarily as a snapshot of famous dudes hanging out and making a movie as an afterthought (a feeling replicated by Ocean's 13).
It actually has a pretty decent bad guy (the sole place where it trumps the remake; Garcia is just too dour), but the movie ends before he actually gets to do anything.
A classic heist film. Doesn't really get going til hour two but fun to watch the use of widescreen framing to hold this cast in place. One of the great subtle twist endings. Ain't that a kick in the head!
Great cast, interesting ideas floating around, and the prototype caper film. And yet it is more often than not an utter bore. If it were half the running time, it would probably be a lot better. Otherwise, stick with the remake unless you like time capsules from the age of the Rat Pack.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
FUCK A MOVIE WHERE THE BAD GUYS DONT WIN
That aside: so beautiful! The colours! The pastels and the greys and the women's hair! I wasn't expecting it to be so visually stunning!
i tried to watch the whole thing, honest, i tried. but when the heist plan didn't even get laid out till ONE HOUR into the movie, well...i only have so many years left on this planet.
A band of commando buddies reunite to rob five casinos on New Year's Eve.
The last time that middle aged white guys were cool.
-"Weather good to get me up?"
-"Sometimes it rains."
-"And how about the women?"
-"Sometimes it rains."
Straight to the end story, few good one liner and that's it.
Though I had only seen Steven Soderbergh's remake, made shortly after Frank Sinatra died, in the interim I had achieved quite an appreciation of Sinatra's work, first as a game-changing jazz vocalist and, more recently, as an actor. I picked up the 4-pack of both Milestone's original and Soderbergh's trilogy, and, having both dedicated myself to some of Milestone's films and Sinatra's appearances, decided to give the Rat Pack's version a spin. The coolness and fun of the actors rubs off nicely on the proceedings, and it's extremely enjoyable to breathe in. Both Angie Dickinson and Shirley MacLaine are great fun too, as are the Vegas mainstays that make cameos. The extras on my DVD, especially Dickinson and Sinatra talking…
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