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Ocean’s 13

April 12, 2010

Ocean’s 13

I’m having trouble reviewing this movie today. Because I’m spending all my time actually watching it. See, we haven’t seen this movie as manytimes as as Ocean’s 11, and it’s full of great moments that I don’t want to miss. I’m trying to take some quick notes as I watch, but it’s hard.

This movie fixes all the problems I talked about in my review of the second film. Gone are the bad times, the dark days and the muddy confusing plot. This time around Danny Ocean and his team are in command from the very second they start their big scam. And we’re back from the European vacation, solidly back on Danny’s turf in Las Vegas.

There’s a new bad guy for this film: a mean spirited bastard called Bank (played with his usual scenery chewing by Al Pachino – and here it works quit well) who has muscled Reuben out of his attempt to get back into the casino business. So evil is Bank, and so thorough is his betrayal, that Ruben almost dies from a resulting heart attack. So Danny and all the rest of the team, to help Reuben recover his spirits, set out to exact revenge upon Bank. And what total, beautiful and entertaining revenge they do bring!

This time around it’s very much an all boy’s show. Tess and Isabel are not involved (“It’s not their fight” says Danny.) The only female in the movie is Ellen Barkin as Bank’s ruthless right-hand-man Abigail Sponder. And she’s not a love interest (though there is some entertaining stuff between her and Linus, who Matt Damon is still playing here as a naive apprentice to Danny and Rusty.) So there’s no relationship stuff mucking things up – it’s just straight into the fun of the heist.

And that’s what this movie is all about. The fun of it. It’s the puff pastry of cinema. The empty calories. It’s a wonderful ride, and it’s all sparkly and full of moments that make me grin and squeal with delight. The direction is full of amazing moments of flash and fancy. The action is fast paced and the patter is quick. Blink and you’ll miss something cool. But that’s okay, because when it’s done you’ll want to jump right back in line and get back on, so you’re going to be seeing this movie again.

Is it better than the first movie? Not really. It’s a slightly different beast. In the first movie there was some tension and some suspense. This movie is Ocean’s Light. And I love it for that.

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