Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

“It’ll be nice working with proper villains again.”

The decision to remake Ocean’s 11 with an ensemble cast of stars led to an incredible amount of turnover as stars became attached then had to bail out because of other film commitments. But with the final eleven actors locked in as Danny Ocean’s team of thieves, not to mention Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts in supporting roles, it’s hard to imagine the film working with any other cast except George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and the rest of the gang. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Ocean’s series with Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 remake, Ocean’s Eleven

We talk about Pete’s love for the film and Andy’s initial feelings that contrast a bit with his recent watch. We look at what this film does better than the original, starting with team building. We chat about Julia Roberts’ element of the story and if it’s just a romance that is shoehorned in here or if it carries more weight. We look at the team and what we think of the main players. We discuss Soderbergh’s style and what he’s bringing to the table as director and shooter. And we ponder the lightness of this film and how well that works to keep people from worrying too much about the crimes taking place in the story. 

It’s a fun, breezy film that is miles above its predecessor and shows Soderbergh continuing his work to always be doing something new and unique with his career. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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