Pin It
Favorite

Citizen critique-Ocean's Eleven 

By Jeremy Browne


Sometimes a remake is actually better than the original, as is the case with Steven Soderbergh's remake of the 1960s Rat Pack vehicle Ocean's Eleven. I first saw Ocean's Eleven a while ago and I hate to say it, but it was kind of forgettable. All I remember is that the guys mugged for the camera an awful lot. Fast forward four decades and not much has changed --the guys still mug a bit -- but it's a hell of a lot more fun to watch.


That style counts more than substance here should be no surprise. Although Soderbergh has proven himself capable of deep films many times before, it's clear from both the trailers and the first ten minutes of Ocean's Eleven that this is purely a movie made for fun. It sets itself up as a heist caper and the basic premise is that Ocean (George Clooney) and his pals plan to loot three big Las Vegas casinos. What's interesting is how many times I caught myself not even following the plot, so engrossed was I in all the action, cool shots, and snappy dialogue. The scenery is pleasantly distracting too -- the Bellagio, in fact, is as much a star of the film as are Clooney, Roberts and all the other actors. All in all, it's a flashy, glitzy bit of eye-candy, and for once, that's not necessarily bad.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Crash > Click > Cash
  • Crash > Click > Cash

    Lawyers and chiropractors already have your name, your address and the police report from your car accident — and they want you to hire them
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Starting Small
  • Starting Small

    A village of tiny houses in Spokane Valley could serve as a model for fighting homelessness in the region
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Drastic Action
  • Drastic Action

    Spokane among seven school districts sued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction; plus, trio of police-chief finalists are in town
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
TEDxCoeurdAlene

TEDxCoeurdAlene @ Human Rights Institute

Sat., July 23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Lane Ends Ahead

    Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • Too Smart for School

    What happens when a 12-year-old prodigy tries to go to college in Spokane?
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

green zone


marijuana


Briefs


election 2016


trail mix


Readers also liked…

  • In the Spotlight
  • In the Spotlight

    Do you have the right to project your slogan on someone else's wall?
    • Apr 29, 2015
  • The <i>Real</i> Rachel Dolezal
  • The Real Rachel Dolezal

    The story goes far beyond just a white woman portraying herself as black
    • Jun 17, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation