in which movies is it completely obvious that the entire cast is having a ball?
In my review of Much Ado About Nothing, I wrote this:
You don’t realize how infrequently it’s obvious onscreen that everyone is having fun doing what they do until you see it as plain as day, and are forced to wonder why the hell so many other people up on that big screen in other films suddenly seem to have such a puss on about making movies.
To which commenter Captain_Swing666 responded:
I’m wracking my brains to think of other films where this could be said to be true. “Grosse Pointe Blank” perhaps? And another hit man film, “Wild Target”. Oh, and “8 Women” by Francoise Ozone.
So let’s talk about that:
In which movies is it completely obvious that the entire cast is having a ball?
The one that comes instantly to mind for me is Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, which is endlessly rewatchable in part because everyone onscreen seems to be having a lot of fun, and it’s hugely infectious. (The possible exception might be Julia Roberts. I initially thought she looked miserable in the film, but now I’m not sure if that’s just her character. Still, though, even the male characters who are pretty miserable are portrayed by actors who appear to be having fun.)
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