Monday, June 11, 2007

movie review monday: ocean's 13

Ocean's 13

Cinema icon Al Pacino joins a powerhouse cast headed by of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and series newcomer Ellen Barkin for this, the third installment of director Steven Soderbergh's popular series of glitzy crime comedies. The only hotelier in Los Vegas who can claim that each and every one of his establishments have earned the Royal Review Board's Five Diamond Award, Willy Bank (Pacino) has made more than his share of enemies during his impressive ascent. While most of Bank's adversaries amount to little more than the occasional nuisance, however, this powerful player is about to find out that picking your enemies in Las Vegas can be a true gamble. In betraying Rueben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), Bank has finally crossed the one man who could bring his entire empire crumbling to the ground - Danny Ocean (Clooney). Now Rueben is in critical condition, and Ocean is determined to strike back at the man who nearly murdered his mentor. Bank may have taken down one of the original Ocean's Eleven, but his efforts only managed to unite the remaining ten closer than ever before. As the opening of Bank's newest casino draws near, Danny and the crew set into motion a bold plan to humiliate the cocksure casino owner and forever tarnish his spotless reputation. It won't be easy, but if Ocean and his team can get their elaborate plan together in time for the opening of The Bank, they just might be able to deliver some serious Las Vegas justice. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Sunday afternoon, K and I decided to go to the movies. We had to go to a specific showtime because had to work in the evening. Suddenly we realized there was a chance we wouldn't even make it so we left immediately to try and then decide how we'd spend our time if we missed it later. We both love going to the movies and enjoy the previews so we usually get there a little early. We arrived in the parking lot to buy tickets exactly when it was starting and decided to go ahead and buy them anyway and figure we'd see the previews at another movie soon enough anyway. We had perfect timing. I even went and bought some snacks and came in just as the last preview was ending.

I LOVE the Ocean movies. LOVE them. Brad Pitt and George Clooney are super great to me, both as people (from what I know courtesy of the media of course) and as actors. But their characters in these movies, Rusty and Danny respectively, are fantastic. The first movie was tremendously great. I enjoyed the second one but the thing that kept me from thinking it was as amazing as the first one is you didn't get to see the con until the very end. With the first movie, you technically could have figured it out as they movie went on but there was no way to do so with Ocean's 12. The third installment was awesome.

There are lots of little things that come up from the other two movies which are a delight but I think you could still enjoy this flick if you hadn't seen them before. But why haven't you seen them?! :)

One of the reasons I enjoyed it so thoroughly was because it was a well done and realtively clean movie. Some cleavage and whatnot, and I think literally four cusswords. Instead of relying on shock value, they relied on a good story and terrific actors to carry the movie and I think it really paid off.

My favorite scenes were pretty much the ones where Rusty and Danny were talking about things and you have no idea what they are talking about because they keep cutting each other off. The scene in the airport is particularly funny if you know anything about Brad Pitt and George Clooney from the past year or so.

Go see the movie. I'd go see it again or maybe even two more times. And I'll see as many Ocean movies as they care to make.

Rating: 4 of 4 stars

1 comment:

DeAnna said...

Can't wait to see it!