Whoa! Has it been a long time or what? Apologies for the lack of activity in this blog for quite some time. I have been watching movies, but not as often as before, and I don't have as much time as I used to to write my reviews. I was going to write one for Spider-man 3, but I didn't really like it that much. I couldn't find anything to rave about, so I decided not to write a review about it. Anyway, what am I doing talking about another movie in the entry for Ocean's Thirteen? Let's get on with the review!
First, I didn't think it would really happen. When I first heard of "Ocean's Thirteen" (in one of the episodes of Star Movies' Opening Night - for Ocean's Twelve) I thought the producers wouldn't do it because by that time, people would probably already be sick of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the others. But I guess since trilogies are a big thing these days, and the 3rd parts of trilogies especially (Spider-man 3, Pirates of the Carribean 3, Shrek 3 -- do you see how there are no new and original stories in Hollywood anymore?!), obviously, I was wrong in assuming that this movie wouldn't work out.
I actually enjoyed this one more than the second. It's just that with Ocean's Twelve, I think they tried to accomplish too much -- what with having to pay Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) back and being challenged to be the best thieves in the world, add to that the love story between Rusty (Brad Pitt) and Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones), plus Danny (George Clooney) and Tess' (Julia Roberts) continuing love story, and Isabel's relationship with the cops and the once greatest theif of all time--well, I like it better when they keep things simple. Like in this one.
Reuben (Elliot Gould), the Ocean's 11's usual financier, gets double-crossed by his business partner Willie Bank (Al Pacino). So Danny and crew decide to get revenge--ergo, theft job in Vegas.
I like the fact how they brought things back "home". Although it was a little premature (for me), because aside from Europe, we haven't really seen the guys in action elsewhere (I'm flashing back to that interview with Brad Pitt in Tokyo where he said that he predicts that if there was going to be a third movie, it would probably be set in Asia). But I guess the producers thought it would be too much of a risk because if they do Asia, they might have to have to make fourth movie, just to bring the guys back to Vegas. And that might be too expensive, considering that 3rd installments aren't always shoo-ins for blockbuster hits. Anyway, despite that, I don't see any other problems with bringing them back, because although the setting is the same as that of the first movie's, the stories are worlds apart.
I think one of the things that Ocean's Thirteen is all about is keeping the balance -- in the characters' lives and in their work. If Ocean's Eleven was a sample of how good they are, Ocean's Twleve a testament to it and at the same time a show of how they're still humans who make mistakes, Ocean's Thirteen shows how they can cope with those mistakes, and minimize them, as in this story, there are times that they fumble, but unlike in the 2nd film where it got to the point that they all ended up in jail, here, they were able to keep things under control, making their foul-ups just near-misses.
Also, there's more justification to what they're doing this time. We all know that stealing is wrong, but just like how Robin Hood doesn't seem so bad at times because he gives what he steals to the poor, here, they make Willie Bank so much of a bad guy (even worse than Terry Benedict), that no audience member would sympathize with him when he gets screwed. And the casualties along the way are also duly compensated (but I won't elaborate on this as I don't want to post spoilers).
Even the comedy aspect of this film is balanced. Unlike in the 2nd movie where, because they made a lot of mistakes, the characters found themselves in several funny situations, here, and probably because the characters have matured, there are less scenes of "goofing around". Although, the movie's not so serious that you won't still find parts that will make you laugh out loud.
A disadvantage I found in this movie though, is that because you already know the characters and what they're capable of, things tend to get a tad predictable, i.e. when you know that there's more to their schemes than meets the eye -- because that's how it was in the first 2 movies, then towards the end of this one, when it appears that they didn't succeed, you'll be able to tell that they didn't really fail, they're just not telling you everything yet. However, it's really a small thing that can be not considered when you're looking at the entirety of the film, because all in all, it really is great fun.
Kudos to the creators, actors, producers and whoever else who helped in making this movie worth my time! :D
Posted at 10:37 am by miriyammqx