You know this movie is basically just a vehicle for the brat pack, and it's pure entertainment to just watch all these legends hamming it up, especially during the couple of musical interludes where you get to hear Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. It begins with only piano in a fairly climactic phrase in the middle of the piece. In the original caper movie, starring Frank Sinatra, and the remake, starring George Clooney, Danny Ocean puts together a crackerjack team of ten other thieves to undertake the biggest heist ever along the Las Vegas Strip. The plan consists of simultaneously robbing the , , and the casinos. Following it throughout the film, it connects itself to specific ideas and scenes. The theme then joined by its major third, as if the pair were reunited as it resolves. One segment was also filmed at the former Las Vegas Union Pacific Depot.
Coming from whatever predispositions of distinguishing traits, the music and the personalities had to bridge the 40-year gap between the Rat Pack and the year 2001 and create a convincing modernization of the original film. This conforms to stereotypes of criminals in that they inevitably willcommit another crime and usually for economic purposes such as getting rich or stealingmoney for revenge. Danny shows up at the Bellagio purposely to be seen by Benedict, who as predicted, locks him in a storeroom with Bruiser, a bouncer. Even though everyone laughs at me. As they start to divulge their plan, they show us first Frank Bernie Mac , happy as a clam in a car to Las Vegas, and then Turk and Virgil Malloy Scott Caan and Casey Affleck, respectively. The problem for him lies in the number amount of times he must achieve it, and the brief amount of time in which he must do it. As the men size each other out, subtle additions to the orchestration help build the expectation as Reuben becomes interested.
It's hard to categorizeit's got some jazz, but also a bit of trip-hop. The line itself lends to a yearning feeling as the first bar ascends to the ninth of the arpeggiated major chord before resolving, and also the repetitive third bar sweeping through as if one were thinking about the other. I found his performance to be very commanding and impressive. It drops to almost nothing for his dialogue, subsequently making the transition to the end of the scene a long diminuendo. The film's closing shot shows the main cast walking away from the funeral home, with the Sands Hotel marquee behind them listing their names as headliners. In this case Danny is presented as a professional criminal who with thehelp of others is skilfully trained to carry out risky heists.
Sam Harmon entertains in one of the hotel's lounges. Word on the street has it all the plates were wiped clean. This plan backfires when the funeral director talks Bergdorf's widow into having the funeral in Las Vegas, where the body is cremated — along with all of the money. Josh Howard takes a job as a sanitation worker driving a garbage truck while others work to scope out the various casinos. Rusty urges Danny to give up on the plan, believing Danny incapable of sound judgment while Tess is involved, but Danny refuses.
Benedict, unsatisfied with Danny's plan to get back the money, orders his men to escort Danny off the premises and inform the police that he is violating his parole by being in Las Vegas. The scene switches to Livingston Dell, an electronics expert now working as a surveillance man. The orchestra then takes over as the crew leaves the garage, moving from darkness into light. She begins to run, searching for Danny as pairs of flutes and string duets play. All of them are portrayed to be a little bit crazy as they are about to do a job that most people wouldnt even dream about. In this case Danny is presented as the front man of the group and his fellow partners in thegroup reflect unique assets that will help in completing the heist successfully. Several of the team members carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the routines and behaviors of the casino staff, and the building itself.
David Holmes is successful in his portrayal of a modern Las Vegas in that he melds the two worlds in his own compositions by mixing the sounds of a classic acoustic jazz combo with studio produced drum and bass grooves, but by also using external sources with the same variety, using clips from Elvis and Perry Como all the way to the current hip-hop group Handsome Boy Modeling School. It ends with the group overcoming the odds and emerging successful. The scenes taking place at Spyros Acebos's house were filmed at 230 Ladera Drive, Beverly Hills, which at the time belonged to Hollywood agent Kurt Frings. Interestingly, the recording for Theme for Young Lovers is kept monophonic, as if it never left the record player. At the same time it's also a window into another era, a time of larger than life Hollywood stars.
As the heist ends, timeless Claire de Lune plays in the full string orchestra as we see each of their faces one by one. This is in contrast to the flashing audience. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Danny's ex-wife, Tess, is Benedict's girlfriend. Finally, the ending presents an optimistic resolution in which Danny gets the girl and the money. As Benedict heads to examine the ruined vault himself, his men stop the van and find the bags were only loaded with flyers for prostitutes. Atthe start of Oceans Eleven, Danny the protagonist played by George clooney gets paroled fromprison and after less than a day, he breaks his parole by going to another state to find Rustywho is played by Brad Pitt. Reformed mobster Duke Santos offers to recover the casino bosses' money for a price.
It's been a while since I've watched an older movie, so I found the loose-yet-confident chemistry and acting of the brat pack members to be very refreshing. Adding to the enjoyment and the drama, when it occasionally sneaks in is David Holmes' jazzy bass-heavy quasi-electronic score. Holmes succeeds in moving this process along without it becoming monotonous by shaping the scene dramatically, slow rise and slow fall, giving the audience a landing point for the next scene. . As ironic as it is, I found seeing this old movie without the typical modern day contrived politically correct preaching to be very refreshing, and somehow strangely rebellious! As Susan Hayward points out, this type of film came about as Hollywood and record companies sought to cash in on the musical phenomenon known as rock and roll 248. This is in effect is supposed to make the viewers doubt in him and add a level of suspense as to whether or not the heist will be successful.