Oooh boy. Yup, saw this flick. And despite the star power, I was rather bored. I am a huge Steven Soderbergh fan, too. But he put much more thought into his version than was done for the original. The things I liked about the flick? The heist, while most critics found the heist slow and boring, I thought it was a definite highlight. The “chemistry” between Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Much more believable than the so-called chemistry between Clooney and Julia “I’m just here for a paycheck” Roberts. Andy Garcia made a great baddie. Much of the script/dialogue was tight. Oh, and the Chinese acrobat dude was THE best thing in the entire movie. (And Elliot Gould shows he still can out-act just about anyone in the room).
1)Well, just to be able to work with a good director and a good cast and be in a potential BIG hit, many a "star" (of the A-List variety) will take a "pay cut". Which is what happened here.
2)I think the majority of us here know about the history of the Rat Pack. That they were all close buds - the original gave them the opportunity to work together. And that's all really. It was a no-brainer flick. The reason why no one really heard or remembered the original, UNTIL Steven Soderbergh's intention for a remake was announced, was that it was not that great. However the poster for the original is wonderful. Striking and more memorable than the movie itself.
I do plan on renting the DVD, I have to watch it again. Sometimes what doesn't work on the big screen works better on a small screen. This movie seemed more "intimate" -so I have a feeling it may work that way.