Sunday, December 09, 2001

Movie rec: "Ocean's Eleven." Go see this one. It's clever, cool, just very fun, and has a great script. Brad Pitt is adorable (and this is coming from me - I rarely find Brad Pitt adorable), George Clooney has just the right amount of charm, and Matt Damon's character in this flick has finally erased the horror that was "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (though at one point, Damon's character was wearing glasses almost exactly like the ones he wore as Tom Ripley and that was freaky). Julia Roberts (who was, btw, listed in the credits as "Introducing Julia Roberts as Tess," lol) also makes an appearance, but she isn't quite as radiant as she usually is and rather looks like she has been smushed during the whole film. But thanks to the strength of the script and the talents of the all-star cast, this is a very good comedy with just the right amount of cunning and intellect mixed together.

Basically, Clooney's character - Daniel Ocean - has just gotten out of jail and is planning a heist of the Vegas' casinos. It's the biggest caper ever and no one has yet succeeded in doing this. So he enlists Brad Pitt's help as well as the help of Elliot Gould (who is a hoot, btw). At the same time, Danny's ex-wife, Tess, has taken up with the casino owner of the casino Danny intends to knock over. Coincidence? I don't think so. So Danny rounds up a gang of eleven to help carry out the nefarious plot, and whether he succeeds or not, well, I can't tell you that now, can I?

Anyway, this movie is nothing but delicious fun. Telling you more would spoil the film, but think of it as a very slick "Mission:Impossible" with lots of charm.

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