Ocean’s 8 is a spin-off of Steven Soderberg’s Ocean’s trilogy which I will admit to having never seen but very much excited to now do so. From my understanding the leading role of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) who was the main character in this original trilogy. It’s a nice connection to its predecessor that I’m sure fans will appreciate and it does also suggest the potential of a crossover film in the future which I would be very keen to see happen.
For this review I want to try something a little different and in light of Ocean’s 8 cover it with eight significant points so let’s begin…
1. The cast is phenomenal and works so well together. We get a plethora of successful leading ladies there is Bullock, Blanchett, Hathaway, Paulson, Rihanna, Bonham-Carter, Kaling and Awakfina as the central group and they all shine in their respective roles. Watching these actresses work together is nothing short of fun. You can tell that they all were enjoying themselves and it makes all the better to watch.
2. The characters they play all get their moments to shine; it really is a well thought out and structured ensemble movie that ensures each of its characters take the reigns for their shining moments. They are all played with a sense of heightened reality making them humorous and likeable to watch.
3. Ocean’s 8 is fun! What a joy it is to root for the ‘antihero’ for a change. The Ocean’s team consists of a group of women all working together to complete an extravagant heist. In this film it involved a heist of expensive jewels from the Met Gala. It’s absolutely ridiculous but so enjoyable to see play out.
4. Along with this the film remains lighthearted; the writing and acting thankfully don’t delve into attempts at taking it seriously. Everyone is having fun with it and gives the audiences a constant supply of laughs to keep you satisfied.
5. From the get go Ocean’s 8 grabs the audiences attention and engages them throughout; it doesn’t waste time trying to explain some exposition but lets the audience figure it out for themselves. Although the final act of the film does feel a bit rushed, I would have been ok with it extending for another 20mins or so to feel completely satisfied with the resolution we are met with.
6. This is much harder than I thought and maybe I’m just being too positive now…but I do wish that some other characters got more of a spotlight. As mentioned above the entire third act felt way too rushed and so the introduction of James Corden at this point felt like more of an afterthought then a well thought out and executed inclusion.
7. I wanted to dedicate a special mention to the actresses I felt performed incredibly. Maybe I’m biased because they’re among my favorites but I felt that Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson all shone in their respective roles. And lastly…
8. Ocean’s 8 is nothing more than a lot of fun. I seem to have found it much more enjoyable than most reviews I’ve seen around but it successfully accomplishes what it sets out to do. It’s a comedy heist that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a wonderful start to the reboot of the Ocean’s franchise. I eagerly await a sequel and can’t wait to see the actresses all work together on the big screen again.
? Rating: 8.5/10
? Rating: Honeycomb ~ Starring a bunch of queen bees and full of plot holes that luckily make it all the more fun to enjoy!