If you feared that Ocean’s 8 had a Ghostbusters (2016) disaster written all over it, relax. An all-female spinoff of the remake to the Oceans 11 trilogy sounds like it could have been dead on arrival. Fortunately, a solid veteran cast of actresses carries this film past its shortcomings to be an entertainingly fun film.
The movie begins with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) the sister of Danny (Clooney) from the trilogy, After 5 years in prison, she is released on parole and immediately goes back to doing what put her in the slammer in the first place. Debbie has her eyes set on a major heist by going to the Met Gala, the most exclusive party in the country and stealing a diamond necklace worth $150 million. In order to pull this off, she pulls in her old partner in crime Lou (Cate Blanchett) along with a slew of talented criminals and scammers to pull off one of the biggest heists New York City has ever seen.
What makes this movie is the cast, You have Nine Ball (Rihanna) the hacker; the diamond expert Amita (Mindy Kaling); the pickpocketer Constance (Awkwafina); the fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter); con artist Tammy (Sarah Paulson) ; and the mark Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). The acting of Bullock and Hathaway is what drives the movie. Bullock is the charismatic leader that holds everything together while Hathaway lampoons your typical full of herself Hollywood actress. Everyone else is serviceable in the film, but not memorable in their roles.
The music of Daniel Pemberton keeps the tone of the original films, playing a lot of jazz and lounge music throughout. The story isn’t much different from what you have seen before, a complicated plan that keeps the audiences two steps behind the planners and for the most part, it works. However, the film perhaps gets a little too arrogant with an added twist near the end that makes the film a bit unbelievable with the way it is pulled off.
Ocean’s 8 is full of cameos and full of fun. While the film doesn’t get everything out of it’s cast that will would have liked, there isn’t any question that the result is an entertaining popcorn flick to kick off the Summer movie season. There definitely won’t be any talk ruining the franchise in this one, the spinoff of the remake is in good hands.