Review: Ocean’s 8

On June 5th, a new film in an old series was released with a twist–an all female cast. With origins from Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, Ocean’s 8 offered a fresh and entertaining thriller that left audiences admiring the craft of… thievery? Although the film may have not been the most inspiring or artisan, the key was the eminent cast. Starring the renowned Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and the iconic Awkwafina, this power cast demonstrated that women can do anything–including stealing a $150 million dollar necklace. The film, although lacking in coherency, led viewers through a nail-biting maze with unexpected twists and reveals admirable intricacy in the key heist scene as each character played a key role in the theft. However, beyond this and some incredible comedic moments delivered by Awkwafina–the film didn’t do a whole lot. Sure, it was a fun rainy day sourt of time-killer, but the film was pretty much that–a few fun moments. Frankly, the film could be enjoyed with the ten minute clip of the theft scene alone. Actually, I think that’s the case of the entire series. Having seen Ocean’s Eleven, it wasn’t much more either. It was good for the box office in the year of its release with multiple stars bringing people into theaters, but the movie doesn’t leave you with a whole lot more than that. The blame doesn’t lie on director Gary Ross, but rather the original story–of which I believe there is none. Sure, there was a bit of a storyline with Sandra Bullock’s character as we learned about her relationship history that led her to heisting. Ultimately, the concept doesn’t leave much room for character development as each face needs to be seen in the span of an hour and a half. Although it featured some fun moments, the film is best left at that and a cool opportunity to see an all female cast commiting a crime.