February 07, 2005

ocean's twelve

click here for amazon.com linkocean's twelve
dir. by steven soderbergh

This was such a bizarre film. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling it for those of you who haven’t yet seen it. If you’re interested in reading on, click on “keep reading"; if not, suffice it to say that I thought this film was partly bizarre, yet mostly dull – meaning I was capable of enjoying it.

Okay, you’ve come to the other side. I’m really easy to please in the film-department (as opposed to when I attended college and scoffed at any mainstream movie), so generally, I enjoyed this flick. I don’t really need a full plot to be happy. Give me a couple of funny one-liners and try to trick me. I can usually see where something’s going, so when you try to pull a fast one, I usually come off feeling superior for knowing your direction beforehand.

Anyways, this film had all kinds of goofy things that any self-respecting film reviewer would denounce – but I am no self-respecting film reviewer! I liked the gaudy nature of Vincent Cassel’s character, “The Nightfox” (tee hee)– and, contrary to what others may think, I think he’s hot. I also enjoyed where they went with the whole “Julia Roberts is Tess Ocean is Julia Roberts” thing. I enjoyed the simplicity of it – and the gall of the filmmakers to “go there”. When was the last time a megastar in a film played a character who was passing themselves off as their actual real-life personality?

In summation, the movie was duller than the color gray for the most part. But because I have no taste, I was capable of enjoying it.
posted by julie at February 7, 2005 03:48 PM


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