I’m a big fan of Ocean’s 11. It had great performances from a huge A-List cast and it was a fun heist film. Ocean’s 12 was dull and Ocean’s 13 was better than twelve but was nothing spectacular. Enter Ocean’s 8, a soft reboot with an all-female cast. This is by far the best film in the franchise after the first one and it’s really well acted and a lot of fun.
Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister whom after getting released from prison plans the biggest heist in her career: steal a necklace that is worth 150 million dollars. But in order to steal it, she needs help. She recruits Cate Blanchett, Mindy Calling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Helena Boham Carter and they must steal the necklace of Anne Hathaway at during a night out at a museum. Together, they go through an enormous amount of planning so that everything goes according to plan…
I’m not the biggest fan of Sandra Bullock. I don’t find her to be a horrible actress but she’s never wowed me. She’s really good in this film however and fits the character of Debbie Ocean really well and you buy that it’s Danny’s sister (Bullock and Clooney have been on screen together in the movie Gravity beforehand which is an interesting connection). Bullock has amazing chemistry with all of the other female leads, especially Cate Blanchett, who is wonderful in everything she does and the best actress in this film. She plays a completely different character than she normally plays here too, which was fun to see. Anne Hathaway is also very good here. I’m a big fan of her and she can play anything in my book. Mindy Calling is Mindy Calling. She’s very funny, likeable and lighthearted like she was in The Office. Helena Boham Carter is fantastic really disappears in her role and becomes the character wonderfully. Sarah Paulson, whom I always liked from American Horror Story, is great here again and continues to impress me in every role she plays. The biggest question mark I had was Rihanna. I don’t find her to be a good actress. She’s a great singer and I have nothing against her as a human being. But so far everything I’ve seen her in she’s been pretty bland. She was really good in this film, surprisingly. I was shocked that she didn’t annoy me and I really liked her character near the end. I’m speechless. There’s also a few fun cameos, one in particular that I was not expecting to see which was absolutely great.
The film is by no means perfect. It’s very farfetched and asks you to suspend disbelief a lot but it’s so much fun that it’s something you kind have to overlook. It’s also very clear that this film is a soft reboot, while it has a couple of cameos, you can tell that Sandra Bullock is the new face of the franchise, which isn’t a bad thing. They’re probably going to continue with Ocean’s 9 and 10 since this movie got decent reviews and a great opening weekend.
Overall, Ocean’s 8 is a fun heist film that has great performances, a fun premise and a likeable female cast that are so entertaining to watch on screen.