In the last few weeks before the release of the movie worldwide and Lebanon, there was a lot of discussion how the movie through ratings via IMDB & Rotten Tomatoes being hijacked by thousand of reviewers through very low ratings with the majority not writing a single note on the movie. For the reason mentioned and the fact that I was invited by AFHIL (Armenian Fund For Health Insurance in Lebanon) through a friend I had to go and judge by myself.
The movie was utterly disappointing, the screenplay of this version was weak and choices of the casting was in some roles below par, like the actor who played the villain is lame he strikes me as a follower for the bad guy. And choosing billy character to be Asian to honor Akira Kurosawa probably backfired. Apar from Chris Pratt who was good the rest of the cast was average at most. Also the deaths style of goodnight ,billy, and the big guy were extremely disastrous and unworthy of the magnificent seven name. All of the seven in addition to the villain had big shoes to fill and all except for Chris Pratt who owned the role failed miserably.
When recently was approached by my friends to go and watch Masterminds first thing I usually do I check rate sites such as the one am writing on (IMDb) and rotten tomatoes both obviously had bad reviews especially the latter.
I always say and I will stay on my believes that U.S. Movies and especially Hollywood movies, in general, are having a flop in recent years critically I guess but not at the box office. Regardless of the failure of Hollywood movies to reserve a spot in classical movies recently, some movies were able to put themselves on the map of brilliance in films such as, little miss sunshine, Babel, lord of the rings trilogy, hotel Rwanda, downfall and many other movies that entered audience heart.
Ocean's thirteen might not be an original film and has been done before with legends like Sinatra, Sammy lee, and martin but still when I've watched the movie for the first time and I was telling myself before that I will regret ever watching it. The outcome was beyond my expectations which made it harder for me but I must confess it's one of the movies that I highly recommend and even I admit it can be watched more than once and you won't be bored.
In addition, to what I have said already this movie gave Hollywood films a slim hope to regain the reputation they had in the 50s and late 60s. But still as a lover of European cinema and believer of artistic movies I see that this was an exception and the film industry in Hollywood and in the U.S., in general, have a long way to regain their golden era that was lost with the likes of Hitchcock and co. in the 50s and 60s.