In this genderbent take on Ocean's 11, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), brother of Danny, is released from prison after five years and immediately assembles an all-female crew with her best friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to stage their greatest heist: stealing a $150 million necklace off the neck of actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala. Ocean must corral a jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), a con artist (Awkwafina), a fence (Sarah Paulson) and a hacker (Rihanna) to pull off the job. Directed by Gary Ross. Richard Armitage and James Corden co-star.~Kaitlin Elise Miller
I thought this film lived up to the expectations for fans of "The Oceans..." franchise, that dates back to when Frank Sinatra was Danny Ocean, coolest jewel thief in the business.
I think it was time there was an addition to the series using an all woman cast of thieves.
Headed by Sandra Bullock, who plays, uh, Debbie Ocean, (that could have been written a bit better), the sister of the deceased, Danny Ocean, she is just released from prison and is hatching a plan for a major heist.
The film has beautiful costumes, a fun, interesting, high and low tech heist, and must be a new record for the number of great actresses, from Rhianna, and a darling neophyte, Awkwafina, who plays a street hustler and expert pickpocket who travels on her skateboard, to women we haven't seen in ages, like Marlo Thomas, and Elizabeth Ashley. Their parts were basically cameos, but I just love the idea of them being included in the cast
Cate Blanchette, Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Paulson held the major roles, and all did a good job.
This movie is a fun romp. It's not Shakespeare, and it's not supposed to be. It's a glitzy trip, following the characters, all gifted
in their criminal specialty, or what becomes criminal, executing the elaborate plan to steal a 150 million dollar diamond necklace loaned out for the party of the year in NYC.
Good direction, editing, and beautiful cinematography, no sad parts or deaths. Just a good time at the movies on a summer night.
Gary Ross’s “Ocean’s 8” follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who’s revealed to have died sometime since the events of “Ocean’s Thirteen.” The cast further includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage, and James Corden. In a connection to the previous trilogy of films, Elliott Gould and Qin Shaobo reprise their roles as Reuben Tishkoff and The Amazing Yen. At one point, Bonham Carter claims the Eskimo put their elders out on an ice floe in a callback to “Ocean’s Twelve.”
The film moves from the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to the equally glamorous world of art, history, and fashion in New York City, where the 8 plan to steal the diamonds from a famous necklace from Cartier at the Met Gala. The new cast are all fantastic additions to the franchise, with Blanchett, Rihanna, and Carter standing out as the most interesting in this narrative. The others are certainly fun and Ross shows the audience their motivation, but they don’t have quite the same consistent development through the film, which is okay as this is an ensemble heist film. In their respective roles as the mark and the insurance investigator, Hathaway and Corden are equally interesting and offer a nice change from the usual casino bosses in the earlier films.
“Ocean’s 8” is a worthy addition to the franchise and, perhaps most important for a spin-off, it successfully stands alone as its own heist film. Think of the standalone Marvel films that may include some references to others in the franchise, but can be enjoyed on their own merits. The story is smart, original, and updates the heist to reflect the technology of today. Hopefully the studio supports more so that the franchise can continue.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
Strong cast and excellent storytelling. I love the Ocean's franchise, including the Rat Pack original. This wntry lroves to be just as strong. The female leads, especially Bullock and Blanchet are killer.
Different actors, different dynamic, different characters - but the same formula. And you know what? It works.
Every actress has a defined character, especially Bullock and Blanchett. The story is formulaic, but frankly, so were Clooney's films.
A good caper film is always fun, and this is no different. It isn't a classic like Oceans 11, but it's better than 12, and brisker than 13. I'm not sure we'll see this cast again, but I'm hoping we do.