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OCEAN’S 8 review

Every Con Has Its Pros

Over the last 70 months, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been rehearsing a plan in her head to pull off the heist of the Century.  In “Ocean’s 8”, she is about to be released on parole, Debbie (the sister of Danny Ocean) attempts to put together a crew to rob the universally-acclaimed Met Gala in New York City.  With her right-hand-woman Lou (Cate Blanchett) on board, she collects the rest: a young jewelry maker named Amita (Mindy Kaling), a former partner of Debbie’s named Tammy (Sarah Paulson), an sleight-of-hand specialist named Constance (Awkwafina), a hacker named Nine Ball (Rihanna), and a fashion designer named Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter).  As their plan slowly comes together, their ultimate target is revealed: Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), the celebrity headliner of the Met Gala, and the 150 million dollar necklace she’ll be wearing to the event.  Using the World’s most updated and incredible technology, Debbie and her crew must do everything they can to pull of the heist of the Century.

Led by an incredible cast, “Ocean’s 8” has lot of fun and is very entertaining.  At times, the pulse of the original trilogy can be felt; whether it’s the camera movements or the plot elements involved, but it very much tries to be its own film.  It’s abundantly clear that the stars are thoroughly enjoying their roles as well; most noticeably Bullock, Blanchett, and Hathaway.  As the film pieces together the story (and the con), the women of the film each get their individual moments to shine but they are not nearly spread-around enough.  One of the strengths of the Ocean’s Trilogy is how endeared viewers became to the characters in the film.  I was hoping to feel similarly after this film but unfortunately I can only say that for about half of the characters.  I will say, the film is filled with plenty of “heist” moments, both primary and secondary in nature that only adds to the intrigue of the franchise (pay attention to the list).  Though I won’t say who, a few members of Danny’s crew to appear in the film, but it’s the ones who don’t that cause more of an impact.  “Ocean’s 8” does struggle to hit the ground running, as the film’s first half moves at a snail’s pace as it jumps-around.  At 110 minutes, it’s fast-paced after the opening 45 minutes of setup and backstory.  However, once the fun begins, it’s nothing but heist-fun!

“Ocean’s 8” follows the recent trend of all-female casts but, while nothing will ever top the original Ocean’s Trilogy, the women all play a pivotal role and have a blast while doing so.  The film thoroughly entertains and has a lot of fun during its’ run time but it just isn’t all that memorable.  I had hoped that maybe this could lead to a massive team-up heist down the road, but (though there is room for an expansion of the story) it will all depend how well audiences take this offering.

 3/5 

OCEAN’S 8 is rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content, in theaters JUNE 7TH!

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