Gary Ross (director)
21 June 2018 (released)
21 June 2018
George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt brought us three Ocean's heist films between 2001 and 2007, and it's now time for an all-female reboot featuring an impressive line-up of Hollywood leading ladies.
Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister of Clooney's Danny, and she has just been released from prison after five years. During her time behind bars, she has formulated a plan to pull off her greatest heist yet - to steal a $150 million dollar Cartier necklace from the neck of actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway) during the Met Gala, the glitziest red carpet event on the showbiz calendar.
But first she needs to recruit her crew. First up she meets friend and fellow con artist Lou (Blanchett), then they need a fashion designer who is in on the job to dress Kluger - so that's where the financially-troubled Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter) comes in. She also adds jeweller Amita (Mindy Kaling), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), profiteer Tammy (Sarah Paulson), and master pickpocket Constance (Awkwafina).
Ocean's 8 has been pegged as a comedy but it is pretty light on jokes. It doesn't take itself seriously, but it needed some more humour in there to build excitement and help viewers grow to like the characters, who you never really get to know.
Debbie is the lead of the movie but she is given hardly any personality, while her supporting cast are all given quick intros before they are welcomed to the team. Despite the minimal characterisation, the standouts are Blanchett, thanks to Lou's cool attitude and style, Hathaway, who gives a hilariously over-the-top performance, and James Corden as a comic insurance investigator.
The heist is the centrepiece of the film and it should be thrilling, with the audience on the edge of their seats wondering if they can pull it off, but it's not. There is no danger, tension or suspense. Everything comes easily to these women, they have the plan nailed down and any hurdle is quickly overcome, so you never once worry about it failing.
A script about people trying to pull off an impossible heist was never going to be particularly realistic, but Ocean's 8 is very ridiculous and implausible, with revelations at the end that don't totally add up.
The actresses all work hard with what they've been given and make the film an easy, fairly entertaining watch, so it's a shame they were let down by the plot holes and script.