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872. Ocean's Eight

Published November 16, 2018

Title: Ocean’s Eight Director: Gary Ross Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 50m

“Five years, eight months, 12 days… and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take - a team of the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweller Amita (Mindy Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter). The target is a cool $150 million dollars in diamonds - diamonds that will be around the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), who will be centerstage at the event of the year, the Met Gala. The plan is rock solid, but everything will need to be flawless if the team is going to get in and get away with the ice. All in plain sight.”

Live blog

1:10 - Wait, Danny is dead? 2:42 - It’s so undignified to leave in the same clothes you got arrested in. What if they don’t fit anymore? 5:56 - I know she’s a big thief but I LOVE her. 8:33 - Yay, prior film character! 15:00 - “Baby, I don’t have a diamond yet.” 18:55 - I like that journalist is the second thought after mad. 19:07 - Sandy’s hair is distracting me. 24:39 - “You said she was a relic.” “I meant iconic.” 34:33 - That glasses thing… doesn’t exist, right? 36:18 - Chambre forte! I love French. 46:57 - Argh, Facebook. 51:18 - “Can’t we just go to this? Do we have to steal stuff?’ 1:00:29 - Is there a good way with Barbie? 1:03:15 - Speakerphone is the worst! Real name revealed. 1:07:25 - SERENA! 1:17:31 - MARIA! 1:17:35 - Dude, if I’d have known this film was going to be all about tennis, I’d have watched it a lot sooner. 1:28:43 - “Chilly.” 1:33:23 - “God, this is exhausting. I mean, when they said come over, I was like, ugh, you know, with the jet lag, the time difference, Arsenal are in the Cup Final this weekend, but now I’m here it’s bloody interesting.”

Conclusions

Pretty good, really. It’s an ambitious feat, to reimagine the world of Ocean’s after such a good initial trilogy (well at least some of the trilogy, anyway). But here, there’s another fab group of people ably helmed by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett - I really liked them as a duo.

The story was good, the heist interesting, but it did lack some of the challenges that make these stories really good. For the most part, everything went off without a hitch, and that meant there was significant lack of jeopardy. A few twists at the end with characters completely changing (Hathaway), or appearing from nowhere (Cordon), but otherwise it was pretty straight forward.

Good film, great cast, nice nod to the characters, not ruining anything, but also not really breaking any ground either.

Rating: 4/5

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