The pretense is that Sandra Bullock is playing Danny Ocean’s sister, but really she’s playing George Clooney. Those criminals are (virtually) all guys, and sparkling bromances have been central to the film’s humor and aesthetic.
oceans 11 – Ocean’s Eight Movie Review (2018)
A belated spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s caper comedies (minus the earlier films’ wit, chemistry, and style), Ocean’s 8 could learn a thing or two about brevity and craft: It belabors the basic plot points Ocean’s 11 dispatched with a single cut or smirk, the result a hacky imitation of the series’ glitzy pizzazz. The pair immediate put a team together, handpicked for their specialized skills: there’s the past-he- prime fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter) who’ll get them access to the event, a hacker (Rihanna), a pickpocket-con artist (rapper-comedian Awkwafina), a criminal-mastermind-turned-suburban-mom (Sarah Paulson), and a jeweler (Mindy Kaling). Then there’s the It Girl starlet (Anne Hathaway) whose neck they’ll have to steal the necklace off of.
If Ocean’s 8 had dropped out of almost nowhere—that is, without six months’ worth of advance hype—we could all be pleasantly surprised by it and have a great time. Instead, a movie that should have been a summer bonbon comes at us like an overloaded parade float. Ross—who also cowrote the script, with Olivia Milch—doesn’t hit the beats as squarely as he needs to. The movie’s rhythms are precariously wobbly; it needs to zip along lightly, as if motored by the energy of champagne bubbles. Ocean’s 8 is one of those movies that’s enjoyable enough in the moment, but you’re likely to forget what you saw within 10 minutes of leaving the theater. It promised us diamonds; we’ll just have to make do with CZ.
Director Gary Ross and the Ocean’s 8 cast are adamant that the film isn’t simply a fad or gimmick. In fact, Ocean’s 8 passes the Bechdel test with flying colors The Bechdel test refers to a work of fiction when two named women talk to each other about something other than a man.
All that’s engaging enough that it took more than an hour of screen time — and the arrival of James Corden — before I finally understood what was missing. Surely it’s a mistake that the excitable talk-show host swans in late and then steals a movie top-lined by ringers like Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Helena Bonham Carter? That he does is not the fault of the women — though it certainly doesn’t help that mastermind Debbie Ocean (Bullock) exhibits little apparent chemistry with or affection for her right-hand woman, Lou (Blanchett). Instead, it’s just that Corden is free to riff, to let his own comic metabolism dictate the pace of his scenes, while the women are forever subservient to the plotty, precision filmmaking of the franchise. They have to charm us on the fly, sketching characters and burgeoning friendships in the limited breaths they’re given between setting up all the twists and fakeouts the Ocean’s movies demand.
Bullock, Blanchett, and their co-stars don’t reinvent George Clooney’s formula here, but the ensemble’s camaraderie and notable talents make for a fun heist flick that combines fashion and humor. Ocean’s 8 certainly isn’t a giant misfire (as was expected by some), and the few mentions of Danny (who’s never seen in the movie because he’s supposedly dead) and his legendary crew are only necessary to keep the Ocean name in the title. The intergenerational cast should appeal to all ages, although there isn’t an Elliott Gould-equivalent actress to add to the festivities. (Note to screenwriters for the inevitable sequel: Add a character older than Bullock, who’s only 53.) Still, it’s amusing to see the utterly New York Awkwafina (who plays the sleight-of-hand expert) trade jokes with Bonham Carter, who seems to channel her favorite real-life fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood, in her role.
Most summer blockbusters are action-packed extravaganzas. So far this season, we’ve had “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and coming weeks will also bring “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and another Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” It all feels a bit repetitive – and “Ocean’s 8” is a stylish, fun, wish-fulfilling respite from the destructive explosions, monstrous animals on the loose, and men and women in stretchy spandex.
Supermodel Lily Aldridge solidifies her status as a Met Gala pro with a cameo in Ocean’s 8, and singer Leon Bridges can also be spotted attending the event. Other celebrities who reportedly filmed cameos for Ocean’s 8 include at the Gala include Zayn Malik, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nadya Tolokonnikova, according to Harper’s Bazaar UK.
The female crooks all tend to grab bottles or glasses of presumably alcoholic beverages when they gather together in a group. We see them imbibe beer, mixed drinks and champagne. And when the movie action shifts to the Met Gala at the center of the heist, quite a few participants drink wine and champagne.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Richard Armitage, James Corden. An all-female cast is at the helm of the latest film in the “Ocean’s” franchise. Looking for movie tickets? Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing Ocean’s 8 near you.
The party gets started early in Ocean’s 8,” a frothy female-driven caper Stuffed with talented, beautiful women playing naughty, this is the latest addition to the cycle that was once about an improbably suave thief, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), and his mostly male band of charming accomplices. Danny is now out of the picture, and Sandra Bullock has stepped in to play his sister, Debbie Ocean, who’s soon overseeing her own con with a knowing smile and the usual suspects, including a partner in crime, a hacker, a pickpocket and a distraction, played with fizz and delectable timing by Anne Hathaway.
The actors in Ocean’s 8” aren’t just actors. They’re actresses playing actors playing those particular kinds of actors known as cons. The movie gleefully drops in Easter eggs and cameos referencing the earlier films in the franchise, reminding you that you’re watching a gender-swapped counterfeit of the original. But if there’s one thing all the Ocean’s” films agree on, it’s that the counterfeit always has more style than the real thing.
Until the trailer was released, Sarah Paulson’s Ocean’s 8 character, Tammy, was basically a complete mystery with the exception of her name and the fact that she’s a member of Debbie’s gala thieving crew. Now we know that Tammy claims to have been out of the grifting game for a while when Debbie asks her to return for the Met job. This is contrary to the evidence found in her garage, though, which is packed with a suspicious number of (still boxed) household electronics. The actress has been racking up film credits since her 1994 appearance on Law & Order, but recently really made a name for herself via her work on several seasons of American Horror Story and her Emmy-winning role as Marcia Clark in 2016’s American Crime Story.
Sandra Bullock leads a heist caper that’s clever enough to get by and sly enough to treat its female cast as a natural spin on the ‘Ocean’s’ brand. For Debbie and her crew, that goal is robbing the Met Gala. For everyone involved in Ocean’s 8, it was creating one of the most successful and enjoyable movies of the summer.
Only 2 cameos from the 2001 Ocean’s cast, and they had to be the least expensive of everyone they could have gotten. Sevan Biçakçi jewels worn by Cate Blanchett in Ocean’s 8: A silver and 24K gold padlock necklaces with diamonds and brown diamond accents and a silver and rose gold rosary necklace with a dagger.
Debbie divulges the plan to the ladies and how they plan to infiltrate the Met Gala in order to secure the necklace, and so that each of them will have $16.5 million within three weeks. Kardashian West , a Met Gala staple, can be spotted multiple times in the film.
When Debbie’s women are doing their thing, Ocean’s 8 crackles with an infectious excitement and is just as cool as George and the boys. It steals a few aspects (and some familiar faces) from the earlier films but avoids being derivative, and offers a tighter, more entertaining supporting cast. Awkwafina is just fun to watch, and Hathaway — totally playing a parody of herself — is an absolute delight as an uber-celebrity who’s perhaps a bit cagier than anybody suspects.
The trailer positions Sandra Bullock’s character at the helm of a new heist crew anchored by Cate Blanchett. Mindy Kaling plays a jewelry expert, Rihanna a mysterious hacker type, Helena Bonham Carter works in fashion, Sarah Paulson’s a reluctant mom, and Awkwafina plays a street-smart hustler. The target is Anne Hathaway’s character, or more specifically, her $150,000,000 necklace. At first glance, the pacing, tone, and humor of the trailer seems consistent with previous Ocean films.
NEW YORK (CNS) – What with the glitterati dressing up like all manner of churchmen and saints in connection with the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala has been on the minds of many Catholics lately.
The unbelievably talented cast assembled for ‘Ocean’s 8’ makes this movie one of the most fun visits to the movie theater this summer. The film is packed with style and charisma, and its focus on female friendships and relationships is a welcome respite from the typical summer blockbuster.
Ocean’s 8 is glossy and strives to make its actors look as good as possible at all times. However, it could have used more depth to make us believe its characters were as ingenious as they’re claimed to be. Supermodel Heidi Klum, a regular at the real Met Gala, can be seen a few times during the heist in Ocean’s 8, including one notable interaction with Bullock’s character.
The first, and least engaging, part of the tale involves what amounts to an HR recruitment video for the underworld. With the assistance of her sometime partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett), Debbie puts together the requisite rogue’s gallery of outlaws, including a daffy, down-on-her-luck fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter); a jeweler itching to get out from her domineering mother’s thumb (Mindy Kaling); a smart-mouth pickpocket (Awkwafina); a pot-smoking computer hacker named Nine Ball (Rihanna); and a nerdy suburban mom who moonlights as a fence for stolen goods (Sarah Paulson).
Remember Danny Ocean? He’s the kingpin of the original movie Ocean’s 11 , played by Dean Martin and later George Clooney ( Ocean’s 11 , Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13 ). In this franchise sequel we meet his estranged sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who is going to prove she has robbery – and revenge – in her genes.
In the end, Ross connects the dots of the robbery with a functional competence that can’t compare with the high style director Steven Soderbergh lavished on the male Ocean’s films. It’s the ladies who carry this caper flick over its rough spots. Somewhere out there,” Debbie tells her cohorts, there’s an eight-year-old girl dreaming of becoming a criminal. You’re doing this for her.” They’re doing it for us, too. What dude wouldn’t want to enjoy the company of eight actresses who make a zirconium plot sparkle likes diamonds. In summing up her strategy – and not coincidentally Hollywood’s archaic attitude toward female buddy movies (look what happened to the Ghostbusters reboot) – Debbie points out that a him gets noticed and a her gets ignored.” Not this time, sister. You can take Ocean’s 8 to the bank.
The lifeless direction, the unrefined script, the underwhelming cameos, the distinct lack of fizz – there’s a slapdash nature to the assembly of Ocean’s 8 that makes it feel like the result of a rushed, often careless process. It’s made watchable thanks to the cast but star power alone cannot mask creative inadequacy. Stealing a diamond necklace is bad but wasting an opportunity like this is unforgivable.
The film is a twist on Steven Soderbergh’s early aughts heist series (Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen), a trilogy in which the crew pulling off the central impossible” caper grew by one person each time. A terrible premise, but some pretty entertaining movies! Soderbergh is only a producer on Ocean’s 8, which was directed by Pleasantville and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross. It was co-written by Ross and Dude writer Olivia Milch.
Fans may be so distracted by Anne Hathaway’s character running to the bathroom that they may miss Hadid texting by the sink. This could be a subtle nod to when her sister Bella was caught smoking in the bathroom during the 2017 gala.
The final player is the one who doesn’t even realize she’s been recruited: Anne Hathaway as It Girl” actress Daphne Kluger, who’s one of the gala’s hosts and whose neck will carry that expensive piece of shiny hardware. While Awkwafina is a breath of fresh air and Carter is her delightfully odd self, Hathaway is the film’s MVP. What she’s doing here is nothing short of inspired, controlled lunacy. She’s an actress playing an actress, which is always a juicy opportunity to ham it up. But Hathaway is clearly having a blast discovering all of this character’s colors, from preening egomania to dippy girlishness to insecure fragility. She’s pulled off a theft of her own here.
The plan is to steal a valuable diamond necklace, the Toussaint, which is worth $150 million. Debbie wants to use snobby socialite Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) as the mule so she can wear it to the Met Gala where it can be taken. First, Debbie needs to assemble a crew in order to pull this off.
The heist mounted by Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the product of five years in chokey – and a few months in solitary – just playing every angle over and over in her head. She’s got names, numbers and a ballpark estimate of the eventual payoff. Alongside seven cohorts, she plans to nab a 6lb Cartier diamond necklace being worn by Anne Hathaway’s miscellaneous celeb diva Daphne Kluger at America’s most exclusive party, The Met Gala (which, per the film, looks like an off-season hen party at a retail park All Bar One).
Calling ” Ocean’s 8 ” a star-studded film would be an understatement — and that’s only partially due to the cast that includes A-listers like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna, to name a few. Ocean’s 8 isn’t a great movie, but it’s a perfect summer movie.
There is still a very real concern for fashion. In particular, Blanchett’s style here — platinum blunt cut, feathery bangs; slim-cut, but often wide-legged suits — it is an entirely different fantasy. It has nothing to do with the brand of femininity that the gala reveres. It is a punk-inflected, angular, indelible look that people will be copying for years. And if you know anything about Rihanna, you know that her look is never less than fully considered. Here, she has a sort of army-jacket chic that’s so persuasive that it’s almost — almost — possible to believe she could disappear into a crowd. (Although as one of my friends noted just after the film ended, it is perhaps the plot’s greatest required suspension of disbelief that one must assume an inconspicuous Rihanna.) And she and Awkwafina are both so, so funny that you’ll leave eager to see them closer to the center of the next project.
And Anne Hathaway practically steals the film with her performance as a Hollywood starlet embodying all the horrible things the world loves to hate about real-life Anne “If there’s one thing, I know it’s bad acting,” she declares. It’s supposed to be a self-own, because Hathaway’s character is a bad actor — but it’s also a knowing victory lap, because her portrayal of a bad actor is so triumphantly perfect.
Directed by Gary Ross, who machined the script together with Olivia Milch (and the uncredited help of anyone who’s ever written a caper flick), the movie goes down relatively easy despite these nits. At some point between the first and second hours, though, you may find yourself wishing that Mr. Soderbergh — a producer here — had also directed Ocean’s 8.” Its cast aside, the movie sounds and narratively unwinds like the previous installments, but without the same easy snap or visual allure. As a director, Mr. Soderbergh doesn’t throw the camera around, but one of the pleasures of his movies is a commitment to beauty as a cinematic end. Here, the actresses carry that burden.
You want squad walks? Check. You want a low-key funky soundtrack that forever tries to suggest Green Onions” without actually playing Green Onions”? Coming right up. You want one scene to wipe into the next by splitting the image into thirds and then spinning them like the reels of a slot machine? Then this is the movie for you. The pleasures of Ocean’s 8 are just what you think they’ll be: Anne Hathaway, screwball-hilarious as a dim-bulb actor, but unironically radiant as she beams in a cape more grand than any supervillain’s. Or this Vogue-punk Cate Blanchett, a wicked slash in leather pants and a velour jacket who looks something like what Johnny Depp wishes he could pull off.
A major and glaring issue with Ocean’s 8 is that every single character in this film is either unlikeable or just not built up enough and when your whole narrative revolves around a heist that is not once even slightly believable, the characters in Ross’s film needed to be the key ingredient to make things tick along.
Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), Oceans’ Twelve” (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) were all just practice runs for the real heist, a multi-film preparation for the women of Ocean’s 8” to steal the franchise’s mantle. Changing focus from the original trilogy’s Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 8 centres on his estranged sister Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who leads a group of eight women in pulling off a heist at the Met Ball.
Since Ocean’s 8 is still one of the few female-dominated action films to come out of Hollywood, a lot is riding on the success of the film, However, that shouldn’t be the case. Articles frequently ask if Hollywood will learn from the success of these movies. But if Hollywood hasn’t already learned that people like to see groups of women palling around onscreen, it just isn’t paying attention.