Ocean's Eight

Ocean's Eight ★★★½

I did a double feature of this and Hereditary yesterday.

It was a bit of tonal whiplash, to say the least.



That being said, this is a lot of fun! It's simple and to the point, not caring to flesh out any of its characters and focusing on barreling towards its conclusion from start to finish. And you know what, that's fine! The main things that keep it afloat other than heist itself being really fun (but what heist isn't) are its cast (shocking) and its lighting and cinematography. I really wasn't expecting much from Gary Ross going into this-he's not a bad filmmaker but I've really thought of him as having much personality in his movies, so I had no idea what this would end up being like. As it turns out, it looks pretty as hell, and has some really beautiful, quiet moments at times, which I definitely didn't expect.

What I did expect was for biker Cate Blanchett to change the world, and I was sO RIGHT IN THAT ASSUMPTION JESUS CHRIST


However, the standout performance here has to be Anne Hathaway, who made me laugh in every scene she was in. She's basically playing a parody of herself, and she embraces it. It's a lot of fun to watch.


And that's how I'd describe the movie overall! Fun! It's just a bunch of fun, with a bunch of great people. It's no Logan Lucky, but it's not as much of a clunky mess as Solo. It's a wild, glamorous ride, and I had a great time with it.





ALSO! There's a monologue Sandra Bullock gives into a mirror at one point that flips off every filmbro who's had a pissy fit over movies like this and Ghostbusters 2016, and it's AWESOME. Got my blood rushing right before the actual heist, and really helped elevate that whole set-piece. Hearty recommendation.

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