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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.
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…
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.
I'm surprised anybody even considered remaking this film it's such a waste of time.
Pretty boring, actually. Sammy Davis and the rest of the likable cast saves it from being awful, but there aren't too many redeeming qualities.
Does not hold up UNTIL the last 20 minutes.
A bunch of greats get together to pull of the simplest, least complicated heist in history. After seeing Clooney's complex robberies in the later Ocean films, watching Frank Sinatra's plan is like watching paint dry. It took a really long time to introduce the 11, and overall the first 30 minutes of the movie felt slow. It picks up after the plan is executed, and the ending is unexpected and satisfying. 3 stars for the acting, the ending, and for Sammy Davis Jr's awesome song.
It's always tough to judge a film from years past, when standards of pacing and action were different from today. Doubly difficult is to fairly judge what would be deemed an "event movie" for yesteryear.
This is a rather lackluster entry, though, akin to event movies as we know them now. This is all about getting our butts in the seats, as the saying goes, with a clever premise that serves as an excuse to unite popular actors and/or characters in a giant ensemble.
There's a charming self-awareness to it, as it winks through singing performances from Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., to further building the legend of Frank Sinatra's Italian Charm.
Ultimately the fault is not in the…
Original Rat Pack film. Of its time, for sure. Mix of drama and music. Okay.
The Rat Pack enough said!! 👍👍
The argument in favor of remakes lies within this movie.
still a delight 2 watch why? the rat pack
People talk for twenty minutes. Dean Martin sings. People talk for twenty minutes. Dean Martin sings. Two minutes of actual heist preparation. Dean Martin starts singing and seven more hours of people talking. Some movies need the remake.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Somewhere between 10-15 years since I last saw this film. Watching it has only made me appreciate the 2001 remake even more. The cast is less distinct in the original compared to the remake however, the remake has certainly captured many of the originals well: Danny Ocean, Sam (Rusty), Josh (Basher), and Spyros (Ruben).
It is harder to reason why all these individuals are willing to participate in the crime. We get insight into a few (e.g. cancer, debts) but because the film focuses on but a few characters we have no clue what motivates the majority of Ocean's Elven. Compare this to the remake and it is simple: they are career criminals.
Though the remake has better dialogue, there…
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