Ocean’s 8 is much better than it has been given credit for, and genuinely thrills in at least some of the ways it was supposed to
It’s too easy to suggest that Ocean’s 8 has only been made to cash in on the rise of feminism in the late 2010’s. Just like Ghostbusters (2016), Ocean’s 8 has been hit with much criticism, silly jokes and internet trolling, attempting to knock it before it even had a chance. In fact, exactly like Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 8 is much better than it has been given credit for, and genuinely thrills in at least some of the ways it was supposed to.
Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison after five long years. Desperate to get back into the hustling game, she immediately rounds up a tough group consisting of old friends and new, desperate to get revenge on the one responsible for her imprisonment. The new team are tasked with targeting the Met Gala, and a particular item of jewellery to be worn by Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), a celebrity with seemingly endless amounts of ego.
Films centred around conning and hustling often result in a finished article that is far less clever than it believes itself to be. Ocean’s 8 is no different and after getting over the initial disappointment that the plot they undertake really isn’t particularly intuitive, there are actually many gems on show.
The cast are brilliant, showcasing a set of characters that come from a multitude of backgrounds, working well in tandem, and some of that credit has to go to the script. It’s difficult to give a mainstream film such as Ocean’s 8 quality dialogue, without putting off much of the audience. It’s a family film, and manages to avoid dumbing anything down for the younger members of the audience.
It’s as enjoyable as it is flawed, but that’s alright because it is not intended in the way many suggested beforehand anyway. With an excellent cast and at least some level of mystery, Ocean’s 8 ends out as an entertaining watch, even if it doesn’t scratch the surface of what it could have done.
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