Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
If you’re going to do an all female reboot of a popular franchise, let Ocean’s 8 provide the blueprint for how its done. Sporting a great ensemble cast, this is a film that is undoubtedly fun, and highly enjoyable.
The best thing about Ocean’s 8 is definitely the cast. Sandra Bullock leads the fantastic ensemble. Anne Hathaway has the most complex role, and the decision that is made with her character was pretty smart if you ask me. I was also happy to see Helena Bonham Carter play a large role in this movie, as she hasn’t gotten near enough jobs lately. There is a great balance with all of these cast members, as no one is ever over shadowed.
My only major problem with the movie, is that it never seems to be that urgent or play out on the large scale that it should. Nothing really happens to add some stakes to the heist. Everything feels confined and the film feels like it should have been played with larger stakes. These characters are risking everything, but they never really act like it.
This isn’t as good as Ocean’s 11, but personally I would put it ahead of 12 and 13. The cast is incredibly enjoyable and have a great amount of chemistry. This a fun summer flick, and is probably exactly what you hope it’s going to be.