I went to see this the other night. I'm a huge, huge Soderbergh fan (and even more so a 'Peter Andrews' fan). I love Oceans 11, I walked out of Ocean's 12. I heard this one was ok, so I figured...what the hell.
Lots of plot, not much character development. Better than 2, but not near as good as the first. But holy crap, this one blew the other two away by a mile. It was goddamn delicious to look at. It was like visual candy! After a while I could care less about the story, I just enjoyed looking at it. His use of color, his framing, his editing, everything. It just jumped off the screen. You could freeze every frame and hang it on a wall in night club or something.
I know Soderbergh uses some different and weird stocks of film to achieve some cool effects in his movies, and some of the scenes in this were totally crazy looking. Like some had very desaturated areas of color while other colors would would be highly enhanced, giving a very unique look. (Which always underscored the tone or the feeling of the scene) I was wondering about these different stocks here, if he'd used them. The nice thing about working at Panavision is that I ran into the loader about 7 hours after seeing it in the breakfast line. I was like "What the hell kind of film did he use?" It turned out it was your standard 5218 and he did all the splashy colors and stuff in the DI. He really tuned the poop out of it, it looks so good.
I know a lot of people say "Yeah, that's easy to do, nothing special, all flashy and slick..." Probably. But I'm a sucker for it, and it dont get much better than this movie. That guy knows how to make someone look cool on film. I recommend seeing in a theater before it's gone.
(BTW, he's shooting his new Che Guevera movie in 16mm with anamorphic lenses, should look pretty wild. I think its the last project Dan Sasaki worked on before leaving Panavision.)
Yeah, the plot was not fantastic and the characters were well established so this was almost like an episode from a TV show in the sense that all context was provided in the previous films. But I did enjoy looking at it. I found, that it helped to enjoy cinematogrphy to get thru ocean's 12 too.
Hey guys today i saw the movie and agree with you totally blow away. This guy have a lot of talent, just two thing:
First at IMB the credit DP appears as himself, is totally true...???
And the second what a great sequence when the camera see 5 characters (traveling zoom in & out) in the casino i guess in the middle of the movie, wow it was awesome, i think Brad could comment about that movement, any way i like it ...