“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. They are and will always be superior to men” – William Golding
Director Gary Ross has, in Ocean’s 8, fully utilized what might be called the essence of any heist movie- its cool factor. With its ups and downs the movie is overall one of the average heist movies, though lack of action is surely felt and disappointing. Ocean’s 8 has a stellar cast with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway being the major stars, though Mindy Kaling(my favorite), Awkwafina, Rihanna and Sarah Paulson have done more justice to their characters than the bigger stars. But the queen amongst the stars is truly Helena Bonham Carter, who waltzes with her acting skills the best.
The movie starts out with Debbie Ocean, sister of the ‘famed’ Daniel Ocean, gathering a team of women(for the obvious reason she later states) to pull off one of the greatest heists ever (sigh). Gary Ross should’ve at least tried a bit to improve upon this cliche, but he didn’t. So like every other heist movie we see the team gather with the quirkiest personalities for the motive. It’s not all lost though, as the movie tries to surprise us a bit by a hidden motive of the Ocean, and a few other surprises in the pack. But nothing hits hard, which is a tad bit sad. As for the act itself it was cleverer than average, but not anything to remember for long.
The pros of the movie is that it manages to entertain fairly without a male lead, Carter’s strong performance, occasionally Hathaways’s good acting and overall cuteness of the movie. Plus the character of James Corden is a cliche breaker (although weak). The cons of this movie about a con (pun intended) is that Bullock and Blanchett fail to impress. Given their longest screen times, more was expected from them but both of their characters are so similar the movie could’ve been Ocean’s 7. The movie isn’t extremely clever and lacks action sequences to compensate for it, as most heist movies do. So all in all this is a movie you can watch for some fun; just don’t expect a blast, literally.
Ocean’s 8 – Spoiler
If you are pulling off a heist at one of the most covered events you might as well not make everyone do a grand exit, just for the sake of glamor, because that makes the kitchen helper (Mindy), the waitress (Awkwafina) and the supervisor (Sarah Paulson) the prime suspects. Seriously, what was Gary Ross thinking??