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Ocean’s 8 Review – Chickflick

Ocean’s 8 (2018)

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[Total: 4   Average: 2.8/5]

Directed By: Gary Ross

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Richard Armitage

Language: English

Ocean’s 8 is the fourth installment of the Ocean’s franchise but with a new look and entirely different star cast. There is a new wave in Hollywood after the Harvey Weinstein scandal to make women centric movies. Ocean’s 8 also rides that wave which is good but in that process it has forgotten to stitch a proper script. Just assembling top Hollywood female actors won’t help your cause when you follow a routine story line.

Director Gary Ross has revived the franchise after 11 years and following the failures of Ocean’s 12 and 13. Ocean’s 8 mirrors Ocean’s 11 in every essence. Ocean’s 8 follows almost similar plot followed by Ocean’s 11. There is a lady Clooney, a lady Brad Pitt, a black woman does the exact same job the black dude did and the rest of the white guys perform similar roles. The heist in the first movie was robbing a casino in Las Vegas whereas in Ocean’s 8 its jewelry at Met Gala in New York. It’s a chick-flick in every aspect.

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean, is released from prison on parole. She then goes and meets her smoking hot friend Lou (Cate Blanchett). Debbie’s introduction is one of the best scenes of the movie, in which she puts on a performance to get a parole. Once released, she returns immediately to her “con” self. Debbie has been planning this heist for the last 5 years. The heist is to rob the Toussaint, a 150 million dollar necklace off Daphne Kruger (Anne Hathaway) while attending the Met Gala in New York.

She assembles a team to pull off the complicated heist and recruits every person for a specific purpose. She recruits a disgraced fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter) to design Daphne Kruger’s gown. Tammy (Sarah Paulson) follows, her job being to see the plans of the company which arranges the Met gala. Debbie then recruits Amita (Mindy Kaling) who is jeweler by profession and whose role here is to dismember the Toussaint. Nine Ball (Rihanna) joins the team as the computer hacker along with Constance (Awkwafina) who is a street hustler.

So its a team of 7 people who are plotting the heist but the movie is titled as Ocean’s 8. The 8th member is a mystery and the most critical member of the group. And the entire script banks on the mystery of this particular member. But given the star cast it is pretty obvious and exactly here one of the strongest points of the movie becomes its weakest. How they steal the Toussaint and the identity of the 8th member forms the rest of the easily deducible bland plot.

Ocean’s 8 brings a lot of panache into the screen. The actresses are sexy and you can’t take your eyes off of any of them. It will be front-runner in best costume awards category in next years Oscars. Sandra Bullock brings her own version of suave to the role. Her comparison to George Clooney would be a shame. She carries his legacy forward and is the apt choice for the role. Cate Blanchett is simply sexy in her pantsuits, looking at her you can never feel she is 47 years old. One look and I told my wife I may cheat on her with Cate Blanchett if she accepts my proposal! God, I love her in this movie.

Hathway brings comedy into her role as a dumb yet not so dumb Daphne. And then there is Helena Bonham Carter’s terrific acting of a terribly acting Rose. Other members are also good and add their own personas into their characters. Richard Armitage as Claude Becker, ex boyfriend of Debbie is also an important character. Claude is the reason Debbie ends up in prison. The presence of Claude in the gala complicates the heist as it becomes a revenge plot too. Its good to know that Thorin Oakenshield is not a dwarf in real life and is quite handsome.

Ocean’s 8 is a one time watch. It freshens up the franchise with a new all female star cast. It has a charm of the original franchise but it fails to deliver the twist which was the knockout punch of the original movie. Watch it and share your rating above.

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