“OCEAN’S 8” – 7
In a word: Entertaining
Good (not great) action movie involving eight beautiful ladies. Can’t lose with that formula.
Sandra Bullock is the spearhead actress, playing the role of the now deceased, Danny Ocean’s sister. She has pulled over five years in prison for a major theft, then – to secure her parole – promises to go straight forever more. Naturally, she’s lying. Not only is she a cocky kleptomaniac, she has formulated what would become the greatest jewelry heist in world history. The target; a fabulous diamond necklace worth over $150 million currently stored under heavy guard in an underground vault, scheduled to be worn by a major celeb at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala.
Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, knows such a robbery must be coordinated and executed with perfect timing, so she secures, one by one, the skills of seven other lady crooks with varied offerings of expertise, including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Laura Dern. One is a digital security systems expert, another a jewelry maker, a fashion designer, art dealer, actress and so on. Cate Blanchett plays Bullocks’s best friend. Hathaway is the beautiful actress who becomes complicit in the heist. What’s interesting is a smattering of other celebs making brief cameo appearances in quickie roles, like Katie Holmes, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian and a dozen or so others.
What’s good about this film is the on-going pace, set much like the timings of past movies in the same mode, Ocean’s 11 (twice), Ocean’s 12, and Ocean’s 13. The first Ocean’s 11 was made in 1960 catapulting the infamous “Rat Pack” to new heights of familiarity. (Sinatra, Martin, Sammy Davis Jr)
There is little that people will find offensive in this movie, a few minor expletives, no sex, no nudity, one pot smoker and no graphic violence. This may not win any Academy Awards, but you’ll walk away feeling you seen a fun movie.
I give it a 7 out of 10.