CJ’s review published on Letterboxd:
Films are like going to restaurants sometimes. Like, with most, you know what you're in the mood for and you know what you're going to get. If you fancy a burger and you go to McDonald's, you'll probably satisfy the urge. If you go to a Michelin Starred restaurant, odds are, you'll get a good quality meal. But it's not always the case. Restaurants can always over or under deliver on expectations.
Oceans 8 is not one of those restaurants. It gives you EXACTLY what you see on the menu. It's a bazillion dollar blockbuster heist caper with one of the most impressive ensemble casts I can remember. It's the equivalent of the Michelin Star meal. You get high quality ingredients and a very professional service and everything exactly as expected. They don't fuck it up.
But, at the same time, they don't over-deliver. It's not going to be one of those restaurants you want to tell your friends about; one of those places where you sign up for Tripadvisor just so you can rave about it; a place you want to revisit every year for your birthday. It's just, like, "yeah, I had a solid meal".
But it's good. Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett head up a criminal crew of misfits including Helena Bonham Carter (Bonham Cartering it up on 11 as an out-of-fashion fashion designer) and Rihanna (being brilliantly Rihanna). It's a nicely flamboyant take on the genre, as they plan to steal diamonds from the Met Gala and the movie is basically just a load of stylish "competence porn" as they find ingenious ways to get around every obstacle that's thrown at them. It's RIDICULOUS and has almost no footing in reality but who cares? It's Hollywood.
It's entertaining as Hell and the cast - as I keep saying - are great, great, great but it does kinda violate the 90 minute rule for a caper. There's a point where it could've wrapped easily and just tacked on a 2 minute epilogue to tie up the loose ends but, sadly, decides to go on for another 20 mins or more. Uncoincidentally, it's at this same point in the film where James Corden appears. Could've happily lost him and never found him again, tbh.
Still, with this tonal misstep and slight lag aside, Oceans 8 is worth a look if you want to watch a LOT of money splurged on incredible setpieces and about as many fashion industry cameos as Zoolander 1 & 2 put together. And yeah. It's fuuuuun.
(And please, if there's going to be another Oceans movie, can it just be a spin-off about Rihanna and Awkwafina's characters? kthx)