Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ranking All of the Oceans Movies

Ranking the Oceans Franchise
In 1960, The Rat Pack united to knock over a few casinos in Las Vegas. Over sixty years later, rebooted by director Steven Soderbergh, the classic has turned into a mini-franchise starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. While it's not the most popular series out there, the Oceans movie has been fun to watch develop over the years, especially with the new spin-off Ocean's Eight. How does the movies compare? Rating the series so far from least favorite to favorite, here's my ranking of all the Ocean's movies so far. Which one do you think is the best or worst? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Ocean's 11

Ocean's 11

When I think of The Rat Pack, their reputation of swagger is the first thing that comes to mind. But the original Ocean's 11 from 1960 is about as eventful as watching a tumbleweed blow in the wind. Knocking over casinos in Vegas is slow-moving and boring, not even if the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Peter Lawford might be the definition of cool. There's nothing distinct about the story or movie that makes it stand out. I love Classic Hollywood, but not all of their movies were gems.

Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt)'s clan comes back together to pull off a heist in France after their first mark Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) promises to take them all down. As much as it tries to be as fun as the first movie, its script is just plain goofy; their schemes criss-cross all over the place and never seems to end as random scenes like Bruce Willis popping out of nowhere, Julia Roberts playing herself, and random lovestory for Rusty Ryan (which doesn't do much for Catherine Zeta-Jones). Soderbergh's reboot didn't need another sequel, let alone two, but I'll give him props for keeping the franchise going...even if the first sequel is all over the place.

Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's boys reunite to exact revenge on Willy Bank (Al Pacino), a casino tycoon who swipes their mentor out from an exclusive real estate deal on the Vegas Strip. Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen is similar to his Ocean's Eleven; Pacino's Bank feels like a repeat villain and the sole female character played by Ellen Barkin (an assistant to Bank) is treated to an awkward and cringe-worthy love angle with Matt Damon's Linus. (I'd honestly love this one more if it didn't throw away Barkin's character...) The film is still fun as Ocean's heists come full circle and welcomes back the original targets for a piece of  the action.

Ocean's Eight

Ocean's Eight

Thievery runs in the family as Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is granted freedom after five years in prison, and she rounds up the girls to steal a pricey jewel from the Met Gala. Ocean's Eight didn't necessarily have to be a reboot, and its writing/direction lifts a lot of elements from Ocean's Eleven. But there's hardly any women in the first four movies, and this spin-off makes up for that. It doesn't cast men out from the film to let the women shine, and it's a blast to see many actresses take on unique roles to steal a thing or two just like the boys.

Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven

After being released from prison, Ocean plans to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously with the help of ten accomplices. But his personal connections to this dream job might get in the way of pulling off the biggest heist in history. Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon (and a cast of entertaining supporting men and Julia Roberts), the movie exudes charisma from beginning to end. Its production design, cinematography, and music has a unique noir style of its own, much more than a basic blockbuster or con flick. The script is fun, and lets you indulge in being a crook trying to do the impossible without the jail time. Remakes don't often stand out from the original, but Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven reboot earns that title.

Which Oceans movie is your favorite or least favorite?

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