Recommendation: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Tess: You know what your problem is?
Danny: … I only have one?


Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s Eleven is easily one of the best movie remakes of all time. Many are actually unaware of the 1960’s Ocean 11 that starred the Rat Pack of the day including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Chemistry Between The Cast Is Infallible

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Every single person cast in Ocean’s Eleven is essentially a perfect fit. The titular Danny Ocean is portrayed by the embodiment of charisma itself, George Clooney. His right-hand man Rusty Ryan needed to have the same amount of charm, if not more, and Brad Pitt manages to excel in his role. My husband in my dreams, Matt Damon, portrays the perpetually nervous Linus Caldwall with enough humour and appeal that causes the viewer to feel sympathy for him while also wanting to shake the hesitation out of him.

Every other character that makes up the eleven of Ocean’s crew is cast wonderfully, you truly feel the connection between them and the various histories shared between certain characters… You know, I could’ve done with Julia Roberts but that’s just a personal preference because I’m not exactly the biggest Julia Roberts fan.

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“Does He Make You Laugh?”

Regardless of my feelings for Julia Roberts, the one scene she shares with Danny when he is released from prison is one of my favourites of the entire film (the whole trilogy, really).

It is obviously intriguing to see two A-list stars interact with each other, however the subtext shared between Tess and Danny is why I love the scene as much as I do. The tension is felt immediately when Danny touches her shoulder and as they execute that quick dialogue you’re left wondering about their marital life prior to the film. Not to mention, the absolute gorgeous lighting is just ridiculously enjoyable to watch.

Check Out The Scene Below:

I highly recommend watching this film if you are looking for an incredibly well-acted and sharp comedy. They ultimately are criminals who are looking to steal millions of dollars and yet, I still find myself rooting for them.


The Nitty Gritty

Release Year: 2001.
Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Syriana, Magic Mike).
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy García and Julia Roberts.
Run-Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes.

 

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