Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ocean's Thirteen (2007, Steven Soderbergh)

Yes, it's more or less a "cavalcade of starfuckery," but it treads so lightly one would be churlish to complain. While TWELVE had a ramshackle, whoever-was-available-that-day story construction, this one feels like the cast actually came to play, and it shows- everyone gets a little vignette of his own to dig into, and it's nice to see guys like Cheadle, Casey Affleck, and even Eddie Jemison get some of the spotlight for a change. And why haven't more critics mentioned how bloody gorgeous this movie is? With its rich, screen-filling colors, this is the most Vegas-y OCEAN'S yet, which is a good thing. Doesn't add up to much, but you can't have it all. Also (swipe once you've seen the movie): is it just me, or has Super Dave Osborne done more funny stuff so far this decade than little brother Albert Brooks? Between this and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, dude's on a pretty sweet run. I don't believe for a second that he and Cherry Jones could've produced a kid who looks like Matt Damon, but he's so funny here that I didn't mind.} Rating: 6 out of 10.

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