I’m not really sure why I never saw Ocean’s Eleven. I’m willing to bet I was still holding a grudge against George Clooney for Batman and Robin. He’s made me a fan despite that atrocity against my Batman, and I finally sat to watch Ocean’s Eleven 15 years after it premiered. I really enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven giving it the rating of Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney) has just been released from prison. He meets up with Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) and they set out to find nine other accomplices as they plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.
While Clooney and Pitt are arguably the biggest stars in the film, and they are probably my favorite. Ocean’s Eleven is an ensemble cast as the name implies. Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Elliott Gould, Shaobo Qin, and Matt Damon flesh out the rest of the team. Then there is Andy Garcia who plays Terry Benedict who is the target of sorts and his wife Tess (Julia Roberts ). Needless to say, the film is stacked with a solid cast who all perform extremely well.
There were lots of funny moments, great transitions, some really solid camera work, and some very memorable scenes. Steven Soderbergh directed this film and it is a remake of a 1960’s film starring the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc). Brad Pitt’s character is probably my favorite. He’s always eating and it becomes a fun gag throughout the film. Clooney is charming as he often is, and Matt Damon really shines as well.
I feel like I came very late to the party on this film. However, it didn’t appeal to me when it came out. I’ve always heard good things about this film and now I see why. It’s definitely a great one and I will probably add this to my collection. Now the question remains…do I watch the sequels?