I’d never argue it’s one of the best, but Ocean’s Eleven is undoubtedly one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen: The characters are cool, swaggering con men always one step ahead of the marks, and played by cool actors. The plot is cool, twisting until nearly every possible moment has had an unexpected payoff. Even the style is cool, with Soderbergh soaking in the Vegas hues and lucky-7s adrenaline, briskly edited into pristine motion.
I also think it’s a movie that plays slightly worse on rewatch once you know all the tricks and can see that a few of them are kind of cheap. In addition, I never quite buy Clooney’s shattered heart at losing Julia Roberts — he’s having too much fun in the role.
But it’s not enough to dampen the experience at all, really. There’s so much sheer charisma and star power, clever writing and fun set pieces in the heist, that it’s one of the quickest and most breathless two hours you’ll ever spend.
- Review Project: 2009 Top 100
Very Good (6/8)
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