Ocean’s Eleven

Steven Soderbergh's update of the 1960 film of the same name is more of a spiritual recreation than a remake, opting to capture the idea behind the original rather than to simply rehash the story. Though both center around a planned Las Vegas heist, the core appeal of the original was in its assembly of five members of the Rat Pack, a troupe of actors who frequently appeared together on stage and in films: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop all appear in Lewis Milestone's original. Similarly, Soderbergh populates his own heist troupe with a blockbuster ensemble cast that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould and more. This remake launched a whole new trilogy, essentially surpassing the success of the original.

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  1. Ross Murray • August 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    – Nice look at SOME of the best remakes (adaptations?), though by no means complete. Here are a few others:
    – Ben Hur (1959), the great Oscar-Winner, as per the original silent in the 20’s (also very good).
    – Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Original: Boudu Saved From Drowning).
    – Cape Fear (1993, I think). Well directed, less innocent take by Martin Scorsese on the early 60’s original.
    Always fun when the remakes work; they often don’
    t.

  2. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    For ‘Casino Royale’, it is not fair to make a comparison because they were two completely diferent films. The first on with David Niven and Peter Sellers is a classic comedy, while the one with Daniel Craig is a more serious take on the James Bond movies. I loved both!!!

  3. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    I never saw the original ‘Departed’, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I loved the remake!!!

  4. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    What can I say? I love vampire movies, but this one was a little long in the tooth for me. I saw the orginal which was also slow but still it was much, much better than the remake! You know you’re in trouble when you keep looking at the time to see how much longer the film will be!!!!

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