Rinzy Reviews ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (2018)

Release Date: June 8, 2018.

Budget/ Box-Office: $70M/ $288M

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

***

The Ocean’s franchise soft reboots into one spear headed by an impressive female cast, but does it deliver? Not entirely.

The prospect of seeing a heist movie where the main action is pulled off by an all-female crew is exciting, and I believe created natural buzz for this movie; supported by equally impressive trailers (manipulative piece of arts 😂), one would be made to believe Ocean’s Eight’s a masterpiece.

It isn’t a bad movie, but it’s definitely far from being classified a masterpiece. 

The plot revolves around Debby Ocean (Sandra Bullock), fresh out of jail for a crime she committed with a vendetta against her partner and ex-lover, who threw her under the bus. She wastes no time getting to work to pull off the biggest stunt of her career, and her brother’s (remember George Clooney’s Danny Ocean?) by putting together a crew of like minded woman to steal a $150M necklace at the MET gala.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But I did think the movie took too long to really get the ball rolling. Anyone familiar with the Ocean franchise knows the story isn’t usually about the characters or their development, but the heist. In this vain, the main cast is gathered without much trouble (or any trouble at all). The real action starts way pass the midpoint of the movie, when the MET gala event began.

I liked the surprise appearance by Yen and Reuben from the original trilogy, and the plot twist that the former used his unique set of skills to help steal more jewels for our new crew. It was a nice call back to familiar characters. I also liked that Anne Hathaway’s character, Daphne Kluger, didn’t turn out to entirely be a dumb blonde.

It’s important to note that at the heart of it all, Ocean’s Eight really is a revenge movie; Debby’s revenge against the man who sent her to jail all those years ago. I found it silly that the police office will be complicit in his dealings with Debby… He knew she stole the diamonds and was content with having her ex as long as he closed his case. Too bad.

At the end of the movie we’re left with eight very rich criminals flaunting their sudden, inexplicable wealth without any visible consequence, which if you ask me is poor writing. I think it steams from the fact that the powers-that-be were too excited about taking the franchise in an all-female direction they forgot about making the script a tight one. 

If you liked the last two Ocean movies, you’ll like this one, too. And as an added bonus, Rihanna’s acting has improved tremendously. 🤗

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