REVIEW: Ocean's 8
The spin-off slash sequel to the beloved high-stakes heist saga features bigger hauls, smoother moves, and a squad of badass women you don’t wanna cross.
STARRING: Sandra Bullock,Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway,Mindy Kailing,Sarah Paulson,Awkwafina,Rihanna,Helena Bonham Carter
Debbie Ocean has just been released from prison but the first thing she does is the exact opposite of what she swore she’d never do during her parole hearing. After swiping some make up and clothes in the fashion district, and checking in at someone else’s posh hotel suite, Debbie gathers her all-female crew of seven for the biggest and most daring heist the world has ever seen.
Ocean’s 8 is way way better than Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 combined! The movie features a similar plot to its predecessor but differs in execution. It is faster in pace, doesn’t have much fillers, and is spot on in highlighting the story angles it wanted to push. The film hooks its audience so well that people are so much invested in what’s happening to realize that perfectly placed twists are about to happen.
Aside from the execution, the story of Ocean’s 8 is far more compelling and superior to those that came before it. People will relate to and love the “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” arc. Even the sub-stories introducing each of Debbie’s crew, while ranging from 1 to 2 minutes only, are entertaining and packed with information for people to know what the characters’ motivations are. It’s also quite fun watching how the overall story progresses and how the characters react as each scene unfolds.
Sandra Bullock nailed the role of Debbie Ocean as if she was born to play the street-smart gal. Cate Blanchett was sexy, glamorous, and powerful as Debbie’s trusted right hand Lou. And Anne Hathaway was nothing short of mesmerizing in her portrayal of celebrity Daphne Kluger. Other members of the cast, including Mindy Kaling as Amita, Sarah Paulson as Tammy, Awkwafina as Constance, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil, and Rihanna as Nine Ball, brought in the much-needed diversity in talent and background, which added more color and spice to the film.
Ocean’s 8 is everything one expects in film about an all-female crew of thieves. Despite all the good things about it, however, one cannot help but to want more. Maybe a possible sequel to the film can quell moviegoers’ feeling that this flick has not shown enough of what Debbie Ocean and her gang can actually do.
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