Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew to pull off the impossible, stealing a $150 million necklace from around actress Daphne Kluger’s (Anne Hathaway) neck at New York City’s Met Gala.
Ocean’s 8 is a spin-off from the George Clooney-starring Ocean’s movies from the 2000’s. Besides from a small cameo near the beginning of the film, which is a nice touch rather than feeling desperate, Ocean’s 8 is its own thing and stands on its own merit.
There’s something immensely satisfying watching women who are good at what they do, go and get the job done. There’s all the usual types of characters when it comes to a heist film. Lou (Cate Blanchett) is Debbie’s right-hand woman, Tammy (Sarah Paulson), is a fence, Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) is the one who has to stick close to their target, Amita (Mindy Kaling) is the forger, Nine Ball (Rihanna) is the hacker, and Constance (Awkwafina) is a pick-pocket. They are all so great in their roles and the chemistry between them all is wonderful too. I have to say Hathaway is the standout when it comes to the cast’s performances. She’s the epitome of a diva here, funny, outlandish and deceptively smart too.
The heist itself is clever and manages to fool the target and the audience though Ocean’s 8 lacks the style seen in previous Ocean’s movies. That being said, the costumes more than make up for that – all these women look fabulous. The soundtrack is also pretty great too.
Ocean’s 8 is an entertaining heist film with characters you root for. I really hope there’s a sequel because I’d love to see these women steal more amazing and priceless stuff. 4/5.
I think Anne Hathaway is the actress who I’ve said is my favourite actress for the longest time – probably because I’ve grown up watching her grow from playing a princess to winning an Oscar. I grew up reading The Princess Diaries books so ten year old me was naturally very excited about The Princess Diaries movie. Anne made the perfect Mia Thermopolis and I loved the film a ridiculous amount and the sequel is equally enjoyable.
I’ve since seen many of her films and she is that person who I will go see a film just because she’s in it for instance I watched Bride Was (2009) just because she was one of the leads. She made an amazing Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and proved all those who doubted her wrong. Anne Hathaway was amazing in Les Misérables (2012) and I was so pleased she won the Oscar.