Film Review: Ocean’s 8

The all-new female spin-off of 2001 Ocean’s trilogy starring George Clooney, anticipation for Ocean 8’s release has been high. The star-studded cast is enough to draw anyone’s attention with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all on the bill. Even the pop sensation Rihanna has a cameo!

Ocean’s 8 follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of the late Danny Ocean (Ocean’s trilogy) who is released from prison on patrol. As soon as she is freed from jail, Debbie sets about to track down her old friend, and partner in crime, Lou (played by Cate Blanchett) and convinces her old pal to help her with a heist she had been planning while serving her sentence.

The two ladies set about to form the rest of their team. They recruit a fashion designer, Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), Amita, a jewellery maker and an old friend of Debbie’s, a pickpocket by the name of Constance, Nine- Ball- a skilled computer hacker, and lastly, another of Debbie’s old friends, Tammy. The movie follows the seven women setting about planning and completing an impossible heist at the yearly New York City Met Gala, with the guest of honour, Daphne Kluger- played by Anne Hathaway wearing the item of value in question, a $150 million necklace, known as the Toussaint.

Without saying too much about the actual story, the finer details of the storyline were quite smart, and each character in the team definitely brought their own something to the table. The Met Gala scenes were very realistic and it was interesting and fun to see all the style and see many familiar faces in the scenes such as Gigi Hadid, the Jenners and Kardashians as well as Heidi Klum.

Everyone seemed to fit their role so well. After a three-year absence from the big screen, Sandra Bullock is superb as smooth criminal Debbie Ocean, Anne Hathaway is fantastic as Daphne Kruger. Helena Bonham Carter portrays fashion designer, Rose Weil who is in debt when she meets Debbie and Lou. Rose is quite a kooky and unique character, and Helena was the best choice for it, as she is amazing at her portrayal of kooky and unique characters, which we’ve seen throughout her career.

There was a tiny lilt in the film, about an hour into it, which made it feel like it was ending! I remember thinking how it was hardly over already, and how if it was, it was very anti-climatic, but I was wrong, and it was probably a game plan by the directors! You’ll know when the moment comes. On the flip side, once I realised it wasn’t the end of the film, I felt a sense of female empowerment as the lead roles entered the Met Gala in their gowns.

All in all, Ocean’s 8 is a must- see in the cinemas at the moment!