Grandiose thievery in 1, 2, 3: An ‘Ocean’s 8’ film review

3.89 over 5 stars.

With a powerhouse cast going after an iconic Cartier piece of jewelry, what could go wrong?

Well, Ocean’s 8 shows us the answer.

The Gary Ross heist-comedy film, a spin-off from the Ocean’s trilogy by Steven Soderbergh, banks grossly on the talents of its ensemble cast. Although the storyline somehow has that charm and appeal, it seems it just did not have enough juice for it to totally take off from the ground. The plot is smooth, yet lacks the fun a movie of this genre is expected to have.

 

Chief-of-command of the operation is Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), orphaned sister of the notorious Danny Ocean. Having spent years in prison, she has come up with a meticulous plan which aims to get her hands on the Toussaint, a necklace worth more than a hundred million dollars.

Shortly after being granted parole, she meets with her ex-partner-in-crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett), and persuades her to join in for the adrenaline rush. Both Bullock and Blanchett are perfect for the roles of pilot and second-in-command, respectively. Truly, they exhibited an aura of grace and authority, what with their gorgeous OOTDs. It was as if the two stars just got off the catwalk!

Sandra and Cate
Thieving in style (screencap from trailer)

 

Together, they scout for more people who can join their team. They succeed in recruiting Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), a designer who has already lost her spot in the fashion scene, Amita (Minda Kaling), a jewelry maker sick of living under her mother’s wing, Nine Ball (Rihanna), an aloof yet talented hacker, Constance (Awkwafina), a happy-go-lucky street thief, and Tammy (Sarah Paulson), a pseudo-Robin Hood who profits from selling stolen goods.

Debbie’s plan is to have Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), the dim-witted celebrity co-host of this year’s Met Gala, wear the Toussaint at the prestigious event so they can steal it from her. For this to happen, Daphne is tricked by the team into choosing Rose Weil as her designer. Rose then convinces Daphne how all eyes shall gaze upon her if only she brings the luxurious piece of jewelry with her to the Gala.

Carter’s portrayal of Rose Weil is the typical Helena Bonham Carter. It is the very same acting that the actress has been known for all these years. In the contrary, Hathaway did rise to the spotlight in her performance as Daphne Kluger. She is beyond exquisite, and her acting prowess is very much on point. Indeed, she completes the movie’s triumvirate of awesome actresses with Bullock and Blanchett.

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Disgrace meets grace (screencap from trailer)

However, the heist is not as plain as everyone thought it was. Debbie has managed to make it her sweet act of revenge against her ex-partner Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) who was the reason why she was previously incarcerated. Indeed, her ulterior motive is to frame Claude for the theft of the Toussaint.

The operation itself was smooth and charming. However, as I did say earlier, it failed to really blast off into space. I expected it to be fun and lively, but it was not. I do not really know why, but perhaps I felt that the whole heist was unrealistic. It was supposed to be sophisticated, but it appeared to be as easy as singing, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” – it was as if everything was spoon-fed to our group of gals! Yeah, stealing a million-dollar necklace was a piece of blueberry cheesecake for them. Probably, the story needed an additional shot of espresso?

Film Score Board_Ocean's 8
Story: 3.69/5; Sights: 4.13/5; Sounds: 3.00/5; Starrers: 4.75/5

Undeniably, with a pool of immensely talented actresses, led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, with Anne Hathaway, Ocean’s 8 already had a lot of potential. Yet, the filmmakers wasted this precious gift by making a dull storyline that is very anticlimactic. The cast in general was as lustrous as the Toussaint, but the plot was simply not.

This blog post’s featured image is from BBC.

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