Steven Soderbergh Blogathon-Ocean’s Eleven
After an excellent post on Soderbergh’s K-Street, J.D.Lafrance, again returns with a 3 part series on the Ocean’s Trilogy. In Indian terms, Ocean’s Trilogy, would be termed a masala flick, our equivalent of pop corn entertainers. And that is what Ocean’s series is all about. It is a hard core entertainer, filled with big stars( George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts) and surrounded by capable actors( Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle). Add in a heist plot, some eye catching locales, great camera work, and tense scenes, you have your matinee entertainment ready. In J.D.’s own words
This film oozes cool right from the opening credits that play over a fantastic shot of the Atlantic City skyline at night accompanied by funky trip-hop type music by Northern Irish disc jockey David Holmes. We meet Rusty wasting his time teaching young movie stars (Holly Marie Combs and Topher Grace among others making fun of themselves) to play cards. We meet him in Hollywood with a cool groove playing over his establishing shot. This sequence is a bit of meta fun as we see Pitt, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, teaching other movie stars playing a parody of themselves being totally clueless at playing poker only to eventually be hustled by a bemused Danny. Soderbergh even slides in a few sly inside jokes, like Danny asking Topher Grace if it’s hard to make the transition from television to film, which, of course, is exactly what Clooney did. Or, how Grace gets mobbed by autograph hounds while Clooney and Pitt are completely ignored.