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Thoughts On "Ocean's 13" . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Monday, June 25, 2007

Worth A Matinee or Full-Price Ticket: Matinee. This films reverts back to form that is closer to 11 than 12, but I still wouldn't pay the full freight.

Will I Own It On DVD: Yes. I own the first two, so this one rounds out the set.


1) "Ocean's 13" definitely falls into the law of diminishing returns category, but it was still enjoyable and entertaining and you felt like everybody involved was putting forth an effort again following the laziness on display in "Ocean's 12."

2) This installment makes far more sense than 12 as well, although I've heard complaints that the heist is implausible. No shit. If you want reality, go see an indie film about a dysfuntional family that learns a lesson about acceptance and an uneasy alliance at the conlcusion.


3) That being said, it would be nice if just one time a character announces that the Ocean's gang has a problem - that there is a legimite problem and not some minor nuisance they can easily solved.

4) The cast still has good chemistry together, and it's easy to tell that they are having fun. Al Pacino gives a solid turn as the heavy in this installment, and it was good to see Ellen Barkin back onscreen as Pacino's trusted employee.

5) This movie just makes you want to dress well after seeing it. I'm not sure how all the style would play in real life versus an extended heist in Vegas, but it damn sure makes you want to find out for yourself.


Overall, "Ocean's 13" was what I expected it to be.

It's better than 12, tries to recapture some of the magic of 11, and although it falls short of the mark, you have to give it points for effort and it's a fitting way to end the series.

-BDS

8 comments

  1. JLee Says:
  2. "If you want reality, go see an indie film about a dysfunctional family that learns a lesson about acceptance and an uneasy alliance at the conclusion." hahaha Well said.
    This is just a pure fun movie. I almost saw it yesterday...tossed up between "1408", but this will be next on my list. I didn't know if I needed the setup of the first 2 since I never saw them, or just skip to 13? If nothing else, the "man candy" will make it worthwhile. ;)

     
  3. Glad to know it is better than 12. I haven't yet decided if I'll wait until it comes out on DVD or not. Summer is moving far too quickly for me and I haven't had much chance to relax.

     
  4. Miss Ash Says:
  5. I'll have to rewatch the 1st two before seeing this one. I do agree with point #5 though :)

     
  6. Having seen this movie over the weekend myself, it's fun to read YOUR take on it - which is, spot on, I'd say. And may I add,

    Oh, they are all so pretty.

     
  7. Jlee - You don't have to have 11 & 12, but if you can rent them before going I would say do it. At least knock out 11 if possible. Man candy. Ha.

    Sarcastic - Summer is moving quickly, which at least gets us closer to college football at the very least. If you've seen the first two, I would recommend going to see this one on the big screen too.

    Miss Ash - I guess #5 doesn't require past viewings. Ha. But rent 11 & see how you like it before heading out to 13.

    Anonymous Boxer - I'm glad you lined up fairly well with my thoughts, and they are one and all sharply dressed. I thought it was just an entertaining project with no pretensions to be anything else.

     
  8. Linda Says:
  9. So interesting to me that most men who comment on this film talk about how well the guys dress. I just expect these guys to look good (and they do), so the wardrobe went over my head. Glad you liked it!

     
  10. Pacino and Barkin. Sea of Love, right? I agree, good to see her back on the screen. I'm sometimes insulted when Hollywood decides I don't want to see an actress unless she's under thirty and naked. I'd still watch Sophia Loren.

     
  11. Linda - I did enjoy it. As for the wardrobe, I didn't realize others were noticing it as well, but I think that since the workplace and social obligations have been tilting towards casual these past years that you notice when people are dressed in suits/ties/tuxedos all the more.

    Getoffmylawn - Sophia Loren still has it. You're right on the "Sea of Love" call as that was several years ago. But Barkin is still sexy.

     

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