Ocean’s 8 Review
by E. Stevens
‘Ocean’s Eight was worth watching, and it was refreshing to see a film where the cast was made up almost entirely of women.’
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway & Helena Bonham Carter
Synopsis: After being released from prison, Debbie Ocean assembles a group of seven women to steal a priceless necklace from the Met Gala.
Going into this film, I knew almost nothing about it, and I had never seen the previous movies starring George Clooney. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as although it wasn’t my favourite, Ocean’s Eight was an enjoyable and fun film to watch.
The story begins with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), recently released from prison, where she has spent five years planning her most audacious heist yet. She also appears to be some relation to Danny Ocean, but in my opinion, it wasn’t made clear enough how she was related to him, although I found out later she is in fact his younger sister. In order to pull off the crime, Debbie recruits former partner-in-crime Lou, and reveals her plan: to steal a priceless diamond necklace from the Met Gala. To do so, they decide that they need a team of seven women, including fashion designer Rose, who owes the bank thousands, hacker Nine Ball, jewellery maker Amita, who is eager to leave her pushy mother, street performer and pickpocket Constance, and Tammy, a full time mum who also happens to sell and receive stolen goods on a huge scale. Ocean tells the women how they will pull off the heist, by getting Rose to dress celebrity Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) in the necklace to wear to the Met Gala, where they will then steal it. But unknown to the other women, Ocean has her own reasons for wanting to pull off this extremely risky theft.
This film was fast paced and action packed and was definitely an enjoyable experience. Although at times it was slightly unrealistic, this is possible to overlook due to the entertainment value. All of the cast gave great performances, in particular Mindy Kaling as Amita and Anne Hathaway as the slightly air-headed Daphne Kluger. However, I did feel that the ending was slightly rushed; I was expecting maybe another fifteen minutes to fully wrap up the plot. But overall, Ocean’s Eight was worth watching, and it was refreshing to see a film where the cast was made up almost entirely of women.
Ocean’s Eight is currently available on Prime Video and was rated 12A by the BBFC.