Monday, June 11, 2018

Movie Review: Ocean's 8

In the words of the great Cyndi Lauper "Girls just wanna have fun" and that is what the beautiful (really, who does their wardrobe and makeup?) and hilarious cast of "Ocean's 8" bring to the screen. Unfortunately for me, that's all that they bring-a "fun heist movie". It may lack that edge of your seat suspense I was looking for and the whole 'revenge plot' was just 'meh' and uninspired for me but its more than able stellar cast make up for it.   

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the younger sister of the legendary con-man himself Danny Ocean (George Clooney) who makes a cameo in the movie in a framed photograph and of course as a name on a tombstone. We don't really know if he's dead

Debbie is just let out of prison on parole, she leaves dressed in a stunning gown (more on that later in the movie) and with only $45.00 to her name but she somehow manages to go in a high end department store and exit with a whole bag of expensive make up and get a room in a luxury hotel. I'd love to get to do that but I'd probably end up in jail.  

She doesn't waste time and gets her old crime partner Lou, an androgynous Cate Blanchett (whom I love and who for me is the best thing in the movie) to bring in a new team of mistress criminals (because master criminals is just too preconceived Hey! Girls can be criminals too!) to pull off the most glamorous heist in history

Debbie has been planning to rob the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual gala (so posh, its pronounced Gaahh-la) and so long it will henceforth be known as simply the 'Met Gala'. 

Well, not really any piece in the museum but a legendary Cartier necklace, the Toussaint which is about $150 million worth of diamonds. Because cash is nice but diamonds are a girl's best friend after all. Now all they have to do is to get the diamonds on the neck of a certain Hollywood "It" girl, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) and in order to do that, they hire Rose Weil, (Helena Bonham Carter) an 80's has been fashion designer drowning in debt with the IRS. She's my second favorite thing about the movie, Carter's kooky and seemingly meek character is on point.  

We then have of course the 'gathering of thieves sequence' (which is always a favorite in a way, you do have to have your "Merry Men" again, with the one-sided terminologies!) Mindy Kaling is Amita, a jeweler who just wants to get out of being constantly pressured by her mom to get married. Sarah Paulson is Tammy a suburban mom and profiteer. I would have liked to have seen more of her and of her story on screen. Probably because I am a mom myself and I was hoping for her to raise the flag for us moms, you know. 

Rapper, Awkwafina (Nora Lum Ying) is Constance, your go to watch wrangler AKA thief while Rihanna plays hacker Nine Ball, nope, not Eight Ball but Nine Ball. 

As the fourth movie in the franchise it has that same Ocean's brand of sleight of hand, deception on top of deception sequence that you either believe the whole way through or just go, "wait a minute-is that even possible?" -then comes the best part is when everything and I mean everything is revealed because nothing is ever what it seems in an Ocean's movie right? 

"Ocean's 8" goes up to second gear but fails to go full throttle; it lacks the edge of your seat excitement which makes for an effective heist movie. It doesn't bring that drop jaw 'delighted surprise' it once did.

If you're a fan of the Ocean's type of plot and twist though, then you shouldn't miss this, especially since it is it's stellar cast that carries the film. Its your girls night out movie to enjoy and laugh at because of the comedy and to 'oohh' and 'ahhh' at all the pretty clothes but that doesn't mean guys won't enjoy it too! Because they will. It has great cast chemistry, celebrity cameos and that good old Oceans brand of a fun caper movie. 

Then of course there's that montage that shows how everyone of the team is shown enjoying their hard earned money. What I want to know is, how do they explain that to the IRS? 6/10. 

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