Ocean's Eight

Ocean's Eight ★★★★★


What can I say? Ocean’s Eight is exactly what I wanted it to be from start to finish: fun! The cast is exquisite, even if the introductory portion could have been handled a little better. Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are couple goals, and help lead and all-star cast to victory.

The ensemble works well together, because everyone seemed to be cast perfectly. Each actress adds an element to their character that makes them more tangible and real. The chemistry between them is what sells this movie more than anything else, because to be honest the actual heist was fine, but could have been more extravagant and over-the-top. But to see these actresses working off each other, in wonderful and unlikely pairings (Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter was something magical), was what helped make this more than its pretty simple plot. Anne Hathaway was the scene stealer of the group. Every single scene of hers was hysterical, and the way she held her character and the way her character interacted with everyone was so good.

I wish they would have cut out the entire ex-boyfriend part entirely, and found a new scapegoat for them. Because honestly those scenes (and the flashbacks) were some of the worst bits in this. And also, why did they need to cast James Corden. Couldn’t they have cast a femal actress for the role, and had her be a part of this girl power narrative? But no, we get these forced comedy moments from him that rarely land and takeaway from the sheer brilliance of everyone else involved.

I think the idea of the women robbing the MET was genius, but I think there could have been a little bit more effor in that aspect. Because compared to more recent MET Gala themes the one in Ocean’s Eight seemed pretty simplistic. And the fact that the celebrity cameos in this didn’t have some standout fashions was a little boring to me. I mean you have the Kardashians, Heidi Klum, Gigi Hadid and other celebs in what could be confused as a regular ole’ red carpet and not the extravagance and elaborateness that is known to be the MET.

That said, the actual heist bits in this were fantastic. I just wanted more. I just wanted more intricacies to the con, I wanted more moving pieces, I wanted more shocking revelations. But I think for what they did, and what they were working with, they did a very admirable job. And hopefully in sequels they up the ante with the stakes and the cons. (Though, I may be a little biased with that, I was obsessed with the tv show Leverage, and the intricacies of their cons that maybe I’m expecting too much....)

The single best scene is when the con is about to start and Sandra Bullock gives one of the best cinematic pep talks to the group. I won’t give it away, but it’s so funny, and so perfect, and it works so well within the parameters of the film.

I hope there’s a sequel. And I hope that the film is only women. The antagonist. The cops. The marks. The whatever. Only women. Maybe one gay man. But other than that, only women.

On a complete random note: you remember that promotional picture that came out for this movie of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna on the subway? Well if that wasn’t a huge fucking spoiler I don’t know what was!! DO. BETTER. MARKETING. PEOPLE.

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