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Premiere, more reviews

  • Ocean's Twelve premiered in LA Wednesday night - again, look for photos at all the usual places.

  • The film opened in Australia Thursday, and I found it to be very frustrating. It obviously looks beautiful, the locations and captions are great, and it's very stylish and well crafted, but there are long periods with little action and too much time given to characters you don't care about. Matt's great for the part that he plays, but he's still not in it that much and you can't help but feel they all wasted four months when they could have made much more fulfilling movies. Reading the cast interviews at EW or Premiere was almost more entertaining and stimulating. However, there are some very clever elements, lots of in-jokes and riffs back to the first movie, and they sure amused themselves. Just my view.

  • From Roger Ebert's review:

    What Soderbergh is working with here is the charm of his actors, particularly Clooney, Roberts, Brad Pitt and Zeta-Jones, who have the key roles, and the puppy-dog earnestness of Matt Damon, who wakes up Pitt on a trans-Atlantic flight to tell him he thinks he's ready to play "a more central role." Damon's character is named Linus, a good choice of role model, since he is sincere and intense, and everyone else in the movie seems inspired by Snoopy.

    When one character is excoriated as agoraphobic (what a wonderful phrase that is, "excoriated as agoraphobic"; don't you think it's almost musical?), Linus earnestly argues, "I don't think we have to be the kind of organization that labels people."

    There is a scene of mad invention in which Clooney and Pitt take him along for a meeting with Robbie Coltrane, an underworld contact, and their entire conversation is nonsense -- an exchange of elegantly meaningless paradoxes. Linus doesn't understand a word, which is reasonable, but what he doesn't realize is that they don't either.
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