pointedview (pointedview) wrote,

Ocean's Eleven

Watched Ocean's Eleven (2001) last night. I really liked it. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts star in this very stylish vault heist from director Steven Soderbergh.

Although Andy Garcia's role was small, I thought he delivered an intense performance.

I listened to the commentary track for about fifteen minutes, and Matt Damon made an interesting observation about the scene where Brad Pitt's character is teaching poker to a bunch of idiotic celebrities. He said that the scene likely made some actors uncomfortable, because many of them have been in a position where they had to learn some particular skill for a role and they were complete novices being trained by professionals. He specifically mentioned Rounders (good movie), where he had to learn a lot about poker in a fairly short time.

Ocean's Eleven is only the second Soderbergh movie that I've seen, the first being sex, lies, and videotape, but he's two for two with me. (I don't care much for Julia Roberts, so that's probably why I've missed some of his other stuff.) This wasn't deep, but it was well-executed. I was entertained.

Has anyone here seen the original? How does it compare?

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