It’s slick, it’s stylish, it’s fun, but most importantly – it’s faithful to its franchise. That’s why, despite the expected ‘cash grab’ accusations, ‘Ocean’s 8’ works. Sure, it’s a little lightweight and silly…but really, isn’t that sort of what a good heist movie is supposed to be?
A long awaited follow-up to the ‘Ocean’s’ trilogy that starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon (among others), ‘Ocean’s 8’ takes things in a decidedly female direction. Thankfully, the star-studded vessel doesn’t steer into ‘Ghostbusters’ territory i.e., the gender shift isn’t the ONLY reason to put on a show.
Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the thieving sister of Danny Ocean (Clooney’s character from the earlier films), arguably the coolest criminal of them all; and Bullock doesn’t take a whole lot of screen time to show that polished pilfering runs in the family. Languishing behind bars for close to half a dozen years gives Debbie time to plan the perfect job. Thus, she assembles a team to steal the $150 million “Toussaint” necklace from the Met Gala in New York.
At the head of the pack is Debbie’s longtime partner in thieving, Lou (Cate Blanchett), who gleefully steps away from her day job of watering down bottles of vodka in her nightclub. We also have jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), pickpocket specialist Constance (Awkwafina), the very eccentric designer Rose (Helena Bonham-Carter), computer hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), and stay-at-home mom/stolen goods dealer, Tammy (Sarah Paulson).
Planning to wear the aforementioned diamond to the Bit Apple’s biggest bash is comically narcissistic movie star, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). All Debbie’s team has to do is ensure that Kluger does indeed sport the jewellery the night of the Gala, infiltrate the party, steal the necklace right off the actress and replace it with a fake before anyone can notice. Easy, right?
Honestly, as far as swerves and intricacies go, ‘Ocean’s 8’ is pretty tame – but that just gives this crew all the more opportunity to chew up some scenery and have a blast. While it’s the only ‘Ocean’s’ chapter of the four films NOT directed by Steven Soderbergh, writer/director Gary Ross has the vibe down pat. Why, this bunch might steal enough box office riches this summer to plan another big job in the future.