Movie Review: Ocean’s Eight (2018)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway

Directed by: Gary Ross

Just released from a lengthy spell behind bars Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, has an elaborate plan to make a lot of money very quickly but needs the help of a few old friends to pull the scheme off.

A film franchise that I thought was well and truly over with just gained a new lease of life with Debbie Ocean taking over from brother Danny by plotting an elaborate scheme while behind bars to steal a necklace worth $150million. I absolutely loved Ocean’s Eleven (2001) but really didn’t like both Twelve and Thirteen so wasn’t sure how to approach this movie, plus with Rihanna featuring quite heavily in the trailer I had my doubts about the quality of the movie despite it’s star studded cast.

Sandra Bullock leads an incredible cast of female actors which includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson as well as comedian Mindy Kaling. Sandra Bullock is one of my favourite actresses and a large majority of her roles she plays fantastically well and this was no different. Comparing her as Debbie Ocean and George Clooney as brother Danny, I much prefer Sandra’s performance and character but the team she amasses isn’t quite as good as Clooney’s team. There were great little performances all round by Debbie Ocean’s seven accomplices which I’m surprised to say that even Rihanna was pretty decent too. In addition to this, James Corden provided a nice little cameo role which produced a fair amount of laughs and it was nice to see a couple of the team from Ocean’s Eleven feature just for that added dose of nostalgia.

As good and as entertaining as this movie was the lack of danger that these eight women faced did hurt the overall drama of the movie. Everything just seemed relatively easy and when they did encounter a problem it was solved almost instantaneously by a teenage girl. At no point throughout the course of the elaborate heist did I feel that they weren’t going to succeed which didn’t really create any element of heightened tension, drama or surprises which was a real shame.

Overall, I was really impressed with the movie which had some great performances from some of the best actresses around but it really did lack that element of risk and danger. While Ocean’s Eight didn’t quite match the quality of Ocean’s Eleven it was miles better than Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen. I would definitely recommend this movie and will look forward to any pending sequels.

7/10

5 thoughts on “Movie Review: Ocean’s Eight (2018)

  1. I have yet to see the movie, but read an interesting comment in another review. Would you have liked this movie if it had been men or would it have just felt like another bad Oceans 11 sequel? If so, does that make the female angle just a gimmick, like Ghostbusters, and are you grading on a curve because it is women? I thought it was an interesting question, but one I can’t answer yet

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  2. It’s hard to tell if I would’ve enjoyed it if it were men as the previous Ocean’s movies just kept getting worse. Maybe if it were a new group of men as opposed to Clooney, Pitt, Affleck, Caan etc then probably would’ve been just as enjoyable as if it were women. The casting allowed the franchise to be kick started again so a new group of men or the women they went for I don’t think it would’ve made a difference for me.

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  3. Totally agree about the lack of drama. The whole thing felt pretty flat. What should have been a huge deal regarding the key to remove the necklace ended up being a McGuffin. Shame, because the cast were great.

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