Still, it’s not enough for them to just stand around being themselves. They tried that with the second movie and it fell flat. They need some cheeky banter to keep things ticking along, and the screenwriters have really come to the party this time. In fact the banter is so good that the rest of the movie sometimes seems unimportant.
Luckily the heist is a humdinger. The plan this time is to rig all Bank’s games on opening night, clean him out of $500 million, and then get all the punters out of the casino before they can spend it back. And all this without getting caught by the new "unbeatable" artificial intelligence security system. Oh, and then there are the priceless diamonds they have to steal from the impenetrable chamber at the same time. Well, it wouldn’t be fun if it were easy, now would it?
But, funnily enough, that is one of the problems with the film. For all the complicated cons and disastrous setbacks, things go just a little too smoothly. Sure, we want to see them win, but we don’t want to feel like they cheated. The outcome of any Ocean’s film is obviously a forgone conclusion, but we don’t want to feel that while we’re watching it.
It also gets a little too silly at times. Silly can be good, like the hilarious torture inflicted on an unsuspecting hotel critic (played by the wonderful David Paymer). Or the scene where Brad Pitt and George Clooney fight back tears while watching Oprah. But when Matt Damon dons a false nose and starts charming the ladies, things quickly go from silly to stupid.
But these are minor complaints in comparison to the yards and yards of classic entertainment the movie offers. How many other blockbusters can claim to be this clever, funny and good looking, all without breaking a sweat?
- Alistair Fairweather
Back in Vegas and back on track, Ocean's 13 makes the last film seem like a bad dream. Who knew a sequel to a sequel could be so good?
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