Ocean’s Eight (2018)

Ocean’s Eight
Director: Gary Ross
Writer: Gary Ross, Olivia Milch
Spin-off from: Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Dakota Fanning, Elliott Gould, Richard Armitage, James Corden
Seen on: 2.7.2018

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) was just released from prison and has already plans for a new, daring heist at the Met Gala. She just needs to convince her friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to go along with it and then they can assemble a team to pull it off. And Debby already knows the women they need to do it.

Ocean’s Eight may not be the film of the century, but it never set out to be. What it is, is a perfectly entertaining heist film with a great cast that is a wonderful addition to the Ocean films that have come before it. I hope there will be a sequel or five.

Film poster showing the eight main women in front of a red background.

Ocean’s Eight really messed with my poor little bi heart. I mean, how many beautiful women can you cram into a film with actually good roles to play before it gets too much to handle? I gasped about every two second at one or another of the cast, confirming over and over again that yes, I’m really into women. (Damn, that costume design!) It would have been even better if they had dared to make it official that Debbie and Lou used to date, but then the subtext is so unsubtle that it’s basically text anyway.

But even apart from the sheer pleasure of seeing so many competent women interact (in a gay way and also not in a gay way), the film has enough to offer, giving us a very decent heist film that works very well (except maybe the last twist that got a little too much). Of course, not everything makes perfect sense, but with heist films, it never does. And the film kept me involved enough at all times that I was never even tempted to start nitpicking.

Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock and Rihanna in the film.

Between the colorful, fun characters, masterfully portrayed by everyone in the cast, and the heist plot, there is never a boring second to the film. It had me laughing out loud and manages the tension needed to tell the story down to the tiniest part, never faltering there, either.

I had high expectations for the film and I am absolutely happy that I can say that the film absolutely manages to fulfill them. The only problem is that I really, really want more. Now.

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the film.

Summarizing: Perfectly entertaining popcorn cinema.

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