When it was revealed that we were getting an Ocean’s 8 movie focused solely on women the Internet rejoiced. And as production for the movie went underway we got pictures of the women in characters our excitement went through the roof. Ocean’s 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Having all of these women be involved in this project seemed like having one of our prayers answered. Who would have thought that all of these women would star in a movie together? Certainly not me. Thursday night my friend/movie buddy and I sat in an AMC theater on 42nd Street.
You do not need to see the previous Ocean’s movies to understand and keep up with the storyline of Ocean’s 8. The movie starts out with Sandra Bullock’s character Debbie Ocean getting released from prison. The first night out she scams her way into The Plaza for a night and then reconnects with her best friend Lou played by Cate Blanchett. Debbie shares her plan with Lou who comes off a little hesitant at first, but in no time they begin assembling their team of all women criminals. The first person they acquire to their team is Rose Well (Helena Bonham Carter) a failing fashion designer, then after a bit of convincing of an old friend Tammy joins, then follows an impressive hacker going by the name Nine Ball played by Rihanna, then jewelry maker Amita who is tired of her being compared to her sister, and a tricky but smart pick pocketer Constance joins the team.
At first the audience is led to believe that getting the jewels on celebrity socialite Daphne Kluger played by Anne Hathaway and then stealing them but that is not the case. Aside from trying to make millions Debbie is out for revenge on an ex that sent her to prison. Each of the women participating in the heist, take their roles very seriously. Lou makes sure everything is put together, she doesn’t mind playing a chef either. Nine Ball doesn’t mind spending 12 days to move a camera and enlisting the help of her younger sister. Amita is willing to risk getting caught to dismantle precious jewelry. Rose Well is willing to appease and drown her client in compliments just to get one step closer. Constance doesn’t mind doing the dirty work to keep the plans in motion. Tammy tries to stay one step ahead no matter how thin she’d spreading herself. But most of all Debbie realizes she doesn’t need to be the star of this heist.
During the almost two hour movie I laughed a lot and even felt a little nervous. Constance is funny in a sarcastic way, Rose Well is so awkward you can’t help but laugh, but the real show stopper Daphne Kulger is so shallow and narcisstic that its hard not to laugh at her over the top mannerisms. My movie buddy and I kept doubting if Debbie’s plan would go off without a hitch, there were a few moments that didn’t make sense and also a bit unrealistic. Overall I’m glad I was able to see Ocean’s 8. It may not be your ideal movie about sisterhood but it was a all while still helping each other. There are two lines that Debbie says that I found to be quite memorable. When asked about her plan she points out it took her five year eight months and 12 days; it goes to show how hard work and dedication does pay off. When Lou suggests they add a man to the group, Debbie quickly tells her “him will get you noticed, she will get ignored.” In the mirror before the big job, Debbie gives herself a pep talk stating that she was doing this for the eight year olds who dreams of being a criminal. No one dreams of being a criminal, it just sorts of happen.
Beyond being a funny movie, I think Ocean’s 8 did a great job of capturing celebrity, as well as New York in itself. There were a few things I wish I could change though, for example I wished the characters had more depth. Through out the movie characters such as Constance, Amita, and Nine Ball seemed very one-dimensional. I believe the ending could have been better also. It leaves you with nothing about the friendships formed because of the heist. I have a feeling Ocean’s 8 will stay in heavy rotation on networks such as E! Bravo, and FX; I can’t wait to spend my Friday nights rewatching once it hits television.