‘Ocean’s 8’ is an absolute delight to watch with its dazzling cast and twisting plot that keeps you glued to your seat till the end
When was the last time you watched an all-female cast action film, and left the theatre with a happy face? Probably, your answer is: never. Hollywood’s previous all-female overtures have usually fallen under the category of either comedy or drama. Films like “Mean Girls,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sex and the City” and so on, have portrayed women as desperate, jealous, individuals who lack power and confidence.
On the other hand, films like “The Heat,” “Miss Congeniality” or “Clueless” did not produce any remarkable female characters; those films were made for pure entertainment purposes, and the characters were easily forgotten. However, the actors found a surge in popularity and success.
Hollywood has produced a handful of strong female characters the likes of The Bride (“Kill Bill”), Katnis Everdeen (“The Hunger Games” trilogy), Sarah Connor (“The Terminator”), or Princess Leia (“Star Wars”) . However, all-female cast action films are a new concept in Hollywood.
Casting eight female stars in a gender-flipped heist franchise, was a smart and challenging idea simultaneously. The “Ocean’s trilogy” spin-off looks glamorous, action-packed, and twisted, which is difficult to resist.
The film is dazzling and bouncy; however, it lacks the lavish camera work and strong plot of Steven Soderbergh in the classic Ocean’s films. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross could have done a better job and made the film a complete extended version of Soderbergh’s original films.
Gary Ross also co-wrote the screenplay. Eigil Bryld’s beautiful cinematography captured the glamour and elegant lifestyle of New York City. Daniel Pemberton scored the original music, while Juliette Welfling edited the film.
Nancy Sinatra’s, “These boots are made for walking,” was featured in the trailer but it had incredible pizzazz when played in the background of a climactic moment.
The film features an ensemble cast of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina.
The story follows a group of women led by Debi Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plans to rob the annual Met Gala in New York City. Debi plans the heist in five years, eight months, 12 days when she is in prison. Robbery is in Debi’s blood and it is like her family business.
Debi (Sandra Bullock) cannot execute her plans alone, so she reconnects with her best friend Lou and they assemble the rest of the team together. Cate Blanchett plays Lou and her character is much like Brad Pitt’s, in the original Ocean’s series. The flirty chemistry between Sandra and Cate adds intrigue to their on-screen presence.
However, character development lacks attention and detail. The film was fast forwarded in the beginning.
The fourth film of the franchise projects a “feminine” perspective through dialogue. Debbie tells her team: “There’s an eight-year-old girl dreaming of becoming a criminal. You’re doing this for her.” She also points out that “a him gets noticed and a her gets ignored.”
Despite all odds, the film shows potential for a fifth Ocean film, perhaps a crossover between the female and male cast.
I would give this film 3 out of 5 stars.