Released 12/7/01 Rated: PG-13
I love this movie because it’s awesome. It’s smartly written and delivered perfectly. The entire cast is brilliant from beginning to end. Heist films usually follow the general formula of: planning the job, getting everything together, executing, something doesn’t go quite right, they either make it or they don’t. Or there are a couple of different jobs and they get caught or killed during the last one. (If you can’t tell I don’t watch too many of them. I can’t even remember the last one I saw besides OE.) Mainly, they are true dramas that focus on planning, gunfire action, and every now and again they’ll throw some thrills in there so that you’re wondering if they’re really going to make it or not. I don’t know about you, but I’m bored just reading those last few sentences.
Just a tidbit: this movie is apparently a remake of a 1960s movie by the same name. I say ‘apparently’ because I had no idea until I started looking things up for this post. While I haven’t seen the original, the only similarities between the two (if you ask me) are the title, and that they rob a casino. The trailer for it put me to sleep; I don’t think I could watch it in its entirety.
Ocean’s Eleven is truly entertaining from start to finish. Not only is it the most complicated heist I’ve ever come across, but it’s also one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. There’s just a charm about a well-written script that makes it so enjoyable. And the delivery couldn’t have been better. Clooney and Pitt both have this dry whit throughout the film that simply makes the movie. This film wouldn’t be half as good as it is without their utterly perfect sense of delivery. I only wish I knew how to describe it better.
The heist itself is crazy. Not only is it considered hard to pull off, but there are also twenty different things that have to be done both right and on time in order for it all to work. And they don’t kill anyone in the process: bonus. I don’t really find all-guns-blazing robberies to be very entertaining. This film is strategic both in plot and in presentation. Just when it all starts coming together, and the viewer thinks they have all the points covered, the film reveals even more unto a beautiful finish. Literally.
This movie is a contender for best movie ever made. It is a shining example of every aspect coming together perfectly with an effortless feel to it. The score behind it all is great, and there are some really beautiful shots throughout the feature. I say a lot of movies are in my favorites list, but this one is truly at the top of my list. If you have somehow not yet seen this movie, do yourself a favor and find it. I guarantee you will have a great time.