Ocean’s Eight Reviewed by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Upon her release from prison, Debbie, the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean, puts together a team of unstoppable crooks to pull of the heist of the century. Their goal is New York City's annual Met Gala, and a necklace worth in excess of 150 million dollars.

The Review
Nothing beats a heist movie - the cool cast, the slick editing, the twists – and while Ocean’s 8 might not steal the magic of Ocean’s 11 it’s still criminally good fun.

And that’s got nothing to do with its stellar female leads. Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett (the Clooney / Pitt duo here) are having a ball and deliver a friendly feisty double act. Out of the rest of the eight Rihanna and Anne Hathaway are great, and of all things maligned comic James Corden steals some laughs late in the game.

But it’s the men behind the scenes who let the team down. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross knows how to direct strong female leads, but the pacing here just feels a bit flat compared to Soderbergh’s high energy Ocean’s 11.

Luckily Gary got a script assist from Dude writer Olivia Milch (who also produces). She didn’t want typical female characters rebounding from trauma or looking for revenge, just “making sh*t happen” which they certainly do. No time wasting romantic interests this movie blows the Bechdel test out of the water.

But I’m a stickler for a heist movie with a killer soundtrack like Baby Driver. Ocean’s 11 had David Holmes’s beats mixed old-school hits, while Daniel Pemberton’s score Ocean’s 8 lacks the fun and only the classic These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ keeps any momentum up.

One of the highlights of the film is the impressive list cameos form successful women - Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Katie Holmes, Heidi Klum and the Kardashian sisters all make glamour appearances at the Met Gala. Two of the original Ocean’s 11 also cameo but not Matt Damon, who got cut thanks to his controversial #MeToo comments. 

The Verdict
Forget the predecessors, Ocean’s 8 is it’s own beast and while it has it’s issues you can’t deny these sisters in crime are having a ball.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 6th June 2018
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 110 minutes 
Genre:  Action, Comedy
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Care Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna
Director: Gary Ross (The Hunger Games)