Tag – Review

So while looking for movies showing before the end of the month this one stood out as one that could be fun. I’d seen the trailer maybe a couple of times but I’d completely forgotten about it until earlier this week and as a result didn’t remember the jokes that were in the trailer, which is good because like most comedies they’re much better in context.

It’s a silly and over the top comedy and if you feel like watching one of those this is a fun one. It’s not something I’d recommend seeing on the big screen unless you have a cinema membership like Odeon Limitless, it’s something you watch if you’re scrolling through TV channels or Netflix.

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This is very much an actor driven comedy, a big part of what made the jokes funny for me was the delivery. Jeremy Renner using his action movie experience for comedic effect is especially entertaining and while the other characters are common comedy cliches they’re still well played comedy cliches. There are some jokes that might not work for everyone including some points where characters express a pretty dark sense of humour that I can see a lot of people thinking are in bad taste.

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I had fun but it’s not one of the stronger comedies of the year so far. If you think it looks fun from the trailer and you like these actors you’ll probably like it. Now to make up for only getting to see two movies in the cinema last month I’ve got one more film to watch before the month ends.

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Ibiza – Review

I figured I would try watching another Netflix Original movie this week and this one stood out since it has Gillian Jacobs from Community in it. I tried watching this on Monday but half an hour in I just couldn’t get into it, but last night I made sure to finish it because I’ve got two more movies to see in the cinema before the end of the month. Did it pick up after they actually get to Ibiza?

Not really. There are some short scenes that work and the cast work really well together but most of the scenes feel really stretched out. When I gave up watching it on Monday I was just getting bored of the extended party sequence that didn’t really impact the plot much (if at all) and they still hadn’t even mentioned Ibiza at that point.

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Then when they finally do get to Ibiza the film is pretty much their trip to the party and then another long party sequence. Honestly I don’t get why this movie is even called Ibiza because they don’t really do much in Ibiza and more plot development happens during the earlier scenes in Barcelona and the scenes that take place after leaving Ibiza.

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It’s probably not the worst Netflix movie of the year but it’s the weakest of the ones I’ve seen so far. If you’re looking for a 2018 Netflix Original movie to watch go with Happy Anniversary (and if it counts Annihilation).

Ocean’s 8 – Review

And now we get to the film that inspired me to do this marathon. I’m glad I did because while I was interested in this movie anyway seeing where it comes from and recognizing callbacks to the older films means I was able to appreciate it more.

I think this is the best one. I think it’s the right balance of the Sinatra and Clooney films while also throwing in its own spin. I especially like how this actually has a third act dealing with the aftermath of the heist like the original, something the trilogy never did for some reason.

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I think the smaller cast was a smart move too. All 8 get a pretty decent amount of screen time and scenes where they get to stand out. There’s even a couple of neat cameos from characters from the previous three films.

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If they end up making an Ocean’s 9 I’d be interested in seeing more from these characters, maybe bring back Julia Roberts as Tess and have Rihanna sing a cover of Eee O Eleven or one of the other songs from the original. But for now here’s my rankings for the whole series, in image form too since I like the layout more and am going to use it for all future franchise rankings

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Ocean’s Thirteen – Review

So in my Ocean’s Twelve review I mentioned how I was pleasantly surprised they didn’t make any cuts to the team and that based on the ending I had a guess about who member 13 was going to be. I was also curious if Thirteen would feel like an actual ending for these characters since it wraps up Soderbergh’s trilogy. So if you’ve already seen these movies you can probably guess my reaction to this one.

This was a huge downgrade. Not only did they make a cut to the team but it was specifically the addition from the previous movie who doesn’t even appear while the new additions are barely in it either. They also brought back the antagonist of Twelve for a really bland subplot that just made him seem useless.

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It had potential at the start when the heist was personal for not just one member but the entire team but the heist itself was boring. I also found the callback to the original Ocean’s 11 disappointing, instead of something neat like the songs they just have a couple of lines about shaking Sinatra’s hand.

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Fortunately to make up for this movie ditching the female leads from Twelve next up we’ve got an entire team of female characters. I’m not sure what to expect but it’s bound to be better than this.

Ocean’s Twelve – Review

I knew pretty much nothing about these movies other than some of the actors and that one of the films was commonly criticised for having a part where Julia Roberts’ character is told she looks like Julia Roberts. Turns out the one people didn’t like is this one, which is weird because so far it’s the best one.

It has all the strengths of the previous film but because it’s a different heist it doesn’t have elements that feel like a downgrade from the original. This also makes ranking the other two a little easier. Yes the Julia Roberts as Tess as Julia Roberts thing is silly but honestly it’s much funnier than its infamy made it out to be.

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I’m also impressed they got all 11 members of the team from the previous movie back, I assumed they’d probably have some cuts and swap them out for new members as well as adding a 12th. I also think Danny and Tess Ocean’s relationship is better this time around and much better than Danny and Beatrice Ocean’s in the original.

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Two more movies to go and the next one wraps up the Ocean’s trilogy. No idea what to expect from this next one, I have a guess about who the 13th member is based on the ending of this one but I could easily be wrong. I’m curious if it will feel like an actual ending for this team or just the last film they made about them.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Review

While this is considered a remake it seems more like a reboot as other than the character of Danny Ocean and the fact they’re robbing casinos in Las Vegas these are two very different movies with completely different characters and motivations. Even the number of casinos they’re robbing and the name of Danny Ocean’s wife are different.

In my review for the original I mentioned that it clearly was made before a lot of heist movie tropes were a thing, this one is full of them. It also does update the heist to account for stronger security.

An improvement this has over the original is how it uses the cast. More of the 11 stand out as characters while in the original it was really just the main ones.

While there are some improvements over the original I’m not sure which I think is better. The heist was better in the original along with the ending but the remake does a better job handling such a large cast. Both are pretty average though.

Ocean’s 11 (1960) – Review

With Ocean’s 8 coming out in a few days it’s time for another movie marathon. I’ve always been aware of this franchise but never saw any of them, I didn’t even know the 2001 film was a remake until I told people I was going to do an Ocean’s marathon and they asked if I was going to include the 60s version.

I watched this one with my dad who was able to explain a lot of the era specific context to some of the lines and cameos along with interesting trivia about the main cast. I also spotted a few interesting differences in film making, especially compared to movies set in the 60s but filmed more recently (such as the way characters smoke).

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The film does have a very slow pace and I realized this was made before a lot of the common tropes of heist movies that would speed up the pace during the heist itself.  The main strength of the movie is its cast, though only a small handful of the 11 actually get much focus with many just fading into the background. On the subject of the cast having only really seen him as The Joker it’s neat seeing Cesar Romero out of the makeup, when I saw his name in the credits I wondered if I could spot him if I looked for the mustache he famously didn’t shave when playing Joker (I did but was unsure until my dad asked if I recognized him and I guessed correctly).

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The film has its good points and its bad points and watching it today there are some elements that are pretty dated (such as a scene where characters are putting on blackface). I’d say it’s an average film that is interesting to watch and I’m curious what elements will stick around for the rest of the movies.