Ocean's Eight

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Every con has its pros.

All-female spin-off of the Ocean's Trilogy, directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Gary Ross. Stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna.

Danny Ocean's (George Clooney) estranged sister Debbie (Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Blanchett), Rose (Bonham Carter), Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Tammy (Sara Paulson), Amita (Mindy Kaling), and Constance (Awkwafina).

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Directed by

  • Gary Ross('Free State of Jones', 'The Hunger Games', 'Seabiscuit')

Crime, Blockbuster

110mins

Rating: M Coarse language

USA

Never capturing the sleek cool of the original trilogy, Ocean’s Eight is a dull film rescued by an ensemble of excellent women. The film opens with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the younger sister of George Clooney’s Danny from the original trilogy, newly released from five years in prison, conning her way into a new wardrobe from Bergdorf’s and a room at a luxury hotel. The confidence and elegance with which she pulls off these low-level scams is a thrill to watch and sets an electric anticipation of what’s to come. However, this anticipation is never quite lived up to.

During her incarceration, Debbie crafted the perfect heist; stealing a $150 million diamond Cartier necklace from the neck of glamorous actress Daphne Kruger (Anne Hathaway) during the annual Met Gala. As relentlessly marketed, Bullock assembles an all-female crew to carry out the scheme, made up of Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham-Carter. It stuns how a director could waste so much talent of such a high calibre, and yet The Hunger Games director Gary Ross somehow pulls it off.

None of the slick production present in Soderbergh’s trilogy makes it to this spin-off, and even the majority of the costumes aren’t especially interesting. Rihanna is criminally under-utilised, and Cate Blanchett has little material as interesting as her Soderbergh equivalent, Brad Pitt. Bizarrely, James Corden, of all people, has the best one-liners in his role as an insurance detective.

That said, the film has its moments. Cate Blanchett eating off Sandra Bullock’s fork is excellent, Awkwafina stands out as the crew’s resident artful dodger, and Anne Hathaway is just a delight. There are a handful of charming cameos, and the cast plays off each other with expert skill. All in all, Ocean’s Eight is a fine, fun film. It’s just that it should have been so much better.

Sydney Morning Herald

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The choreography of the scam is almost upstaged by the gang's costume changes. They're spectacular.

TimeOut (London)

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Resisting its mischievous spirit is simply impossible. How often is a group of skilled women allowed to be bad?

NZ Herald (Tom Augustine)

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Entirely enjoyable and worthy, but one can't help but wonder what a stronger vision behind the camera may have produced.

Los Angeles Times

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It's savvy enough to recognise that politics and pulchritude make excellent bedfellows.

The Guardian

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It's made watchable thanks to the cast but star power alone cannot mask creative inadequacy. Stealing a diamond necklace is bad but wasting an opportunity like this is unforgivable.

Empire (UK)

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It lacks the jazzy swagger of Soderbergh's trio but delivers a fun, likeable romp built on the charm and charisma of its cast.

New York Times

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A lot of this is fun to watch but would have been more breezily enjoyable if the movie played as lightly (and seriously) with gender as much as it does with genre.

Hollywood Reporter

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There's...something dispiritingly mechanical about the movie that makes it seem a missed opportunity.

Variety (USA)

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"Ocean's 8" is a casually winning heist movie, no more and no less, but like countless films devoted to the exploits of cool male criminals, it lingers most...as a proudly scurrilous gallery of role models.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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There are some moments of clever misdirection, last-minute hitches and double-crossing, no little art amongst the cinematography and editing and a terrific performance from Hathaway.
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Massive Fail and leads to poking holes for the aftermath

The Oceans series was all about a smart plan executed with skill and guile...This one is not. The plan fails before it even takes off and a new one is formed on the basis of absurdity - but then crazy twists convey stupidity beyond basic logic -Felt a mass consensus "don't insult our intelligence" with audible WTFs and C'mon from a dissapointed cinema audience.


Fun and not particularly Taxing

I think a lot of people seemed to think this was going to be a stinker but it's not, far from it. It also isn't this transformation of witty dialogue and zippy performances. Its somewhere in between. A Heist all girl fim that's entertaining if not especially original but all these lovely ladies are exceptional and I had a ball watching. Its what I paid for and no I'm not a fan of male previous versions they bored me to tears , Brad Pitt...shudder no thanks, George Clooney though *sigh* Sandra Bullock is a satisfactory switch.


Dull is correct

I actually started to snooze during this film, but maybe I shouldn't watch movies when I'm sleepy? I went along on a date and the woman sitting next to me enjoyed it but said it wasn't great. I was hoping at least the female audience would find something of interest in this, given the all-female cast. But it's not a 'girls kicking ass' movie and its not even a very good caper movie. There are plot holes you could drive several trucks through and the ending was {vague spoiler} spectacularly unreal if you'd had even the briefest of encounters with an insurance company at anytime in your life. Wait til it streams - why pay more?


5 Years to plan a heist of sorts...5 mins in and you'll start poking holes

Dumb