Cast: Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett as Lou, Mindy Kaling as Amita, Anne Hathaway as Daphne, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose
Synopsis: A crime caper tale about 8 women who rob a museum.
It seems to be a theme these days–sequels coming out years and years after the originals. It’s also a theme for movies to be renewed. It’s like they’re sequels and new original movies at the same time. I watched the first 2 Ocean’s movies a long time ago. Both were incredible. Now there’s a new Ocean’s movie out in theaters now. It’s gender-flipped. Will it be as good as the originals? (Side note: I recently learned that the real original Oceans 11 movie starred Frank Sinatra in the 1960s. That makes the George Clooney’s Oceans movies remakes. Interesting fact.
There wasn’t a single bad performance in Ocean’s 8. Sandra Bullock, who played the leader Debbie Ocean, was a badass. She was very believable in this role, and a great bad girl. Cate Blanchett was also great playing Lou, the right-hand woman. Even Rihanna was surprisingly decent as the mysterious Nine Ball, hacker genius. Her role wasn’t very demanding, but still, nice job. Anne Hathaway turned out to be the biggest surprise here. Her character/target, Daphne Kruger, was a famous actress who was initially shallow, flaky and stupid. But she turned out to be a lot smarter and less oblivious than we thought. The 8 women and their different personalities blended very well. Will we see more of this in the sequel?
What about the cinematography, the pretty images? Well, they were beautiful. Cinematographer Eigil Byrd did a great job with it. I loved all the cutaways and two way scenes. Gary Ross did a good job directing Ocean’s 8. You can tell that he, the stars and everyone else had a lot of fun making this movie. That’s what makes it fun to watch. Did it have problems? Reasons for me not to like it? Of course, but not many. *mild spoilers* I was kinda disappointed not to see Danny Ocean pop up at some point in the movie. I was hoping his death was just another con. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Plus, I never understood Daphne’s motives. *mild spoiler alert over*
If you like fun, fast-paced movies that shouldn’t keep you guessing, but do, then watch Ocean’s 8. Awesome cast, good directions and great costumes. What more could you want. But it also makes me slightly paranoid for some reason too. Haha. I’d give Ocean’s 8 an 8.5 out of 10. It’s in theaters now. Go see it.