Today we’re talking about the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven.
This movie was fascinating. The heist was extremely well done (cinematographically) and the characters, although a lot of them, felt very distinct. The love story felt trite and forced and there were a few borderline racist casting choices.
The heist is great if you don’t think about the details and how much could have gone wrong. And should have gone wrong.
When I watch a reality show it takes me more than half it’s run before I start telling the people apart. That didn’t happen here and I’m going to credit that each character is distinct and could in theory lead their own movie.
That being said, the movie was ridiculously male heavy, where the only women were strippers or love interests needing to be saved from themselves.
The banter and friendship of the main two characters is fantastic. The overall back and forth between characters and even with the “villain” is pretty good too. The nature of the movie means that you never get too long dialogue pieces which works for this movie, but makes it feel like we’re constantly missing something.
Visuals and Music
This movie was washed out, with a weird reddish-orange filter. It’s shot well to keep the plot’s secrets and surprises, but it’s not a pretty movie.
The music is okay but there are some weird choices and I’m sad they didn’t use the a modern version of the original’s theme in the credits.
I had a lot of fun laughing at how old the tech looks in this movie. It’s clearly trying really hard to look like all the security is cutting edge tech. It’s certainly dated now.
It’s still a lot of fun to watch the whole thing unfold and see all the moving pieces in the plot.
There’s something particularly satisfying about watching a heist go off so well. I also appreciate that they didn’t use the original’s depressing ending. But for me, there’s too many characters, the love story is terrible, and I have trouble not nit-picking the details of the plan.
This is a good movie but not my favourite.
Final Score: 2.5 Stars