The worlds seems to have forgotten Don Cheadle’s accent in this movie, but not me. I have not forgotten.
Release date: December 7, 2001
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Who should watch this movie: The lost and the lonely. Folks who were lukewarm about Knives Out.
When should you watch this movie: When you haven’t felt joy in a while.
The sell: Ocean’s Eleven is intricately detailed, clever, suspenseful, and somehow still easy to watch. The stakes are never too high and your’e never not having fun. In fact, fun is the word I’d use to best characterize this film. I’d like to call Ocean’s Eleven a classic heist flick, but in many ways this movie defined the classic heist flick, setting the standard for its own sequels and all future entries in the genre. The story is introduced in pieces, with several moving parts converging, diverging, then reconnecting in a complicated but well organized narrative. Pieces fall into place one by one, subverting expectation and coming together in the most satisfying way. The chemistry between characters is so natural that, despite there being so many of them, the audience is able to connect individually with each player. The charisma of George Clooney and Brad Pitt cannot be understated, but both are supported by a roster of fabulous performances. When the plot thickens and things get personal, where in weaker films the audience may be distracted, in Ocean’s Eleven they are all the more invested. Every detail of this film’s production, down to camera work and soundtrack, are fabulously curated with impeccable style. This movie stands the test of time and will continue to be an absolute joy to watch for decades to come. If in 50 years I end up being wrong about this, you can sue me.