Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister. Debbie decides to rob the Met Gala to get the famous Cartier diamond necklace called the Jeanne Toussaint necklace (worth $150 million). Debbie recruits her old partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett), jewelry maker Amita (Mindy Kaling), a fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson), a pick-pocket Constance (Awkwafina), a computer hacker Leslie (Rihanna), and a fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter). Beating the best security system in the world is child’s play according to Gary Ross and Olivia Milch’s screenplay (Gary Ross of The Hunger Games also directed this movie). This is my major quibble with Ocean’s 8. It’s too easy.

In classic capers (both novels and movies) we see the team prepare for the crime, we see them commit the heist, but then…something goes wrong! The team has to improvise to overcome the unexpected problems. In Ocean’s 8 nothing goes wrong. There’s also the question of how Sandra Bullock and her crew will sell hundreds of millions of dollars in diamonds in a market controlled by the Diamond Cartel. I thought Ocean’s 8 had an excellent cast, but a flawed script. GRADE: B

15 thoughts on “OCEAN’S 8

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    The sort of thing I might watch when it shows up on cable. Decent cast except for Rhianna who I can’t stand. Not much out there I want to see other than Hereditary which I’ll see later this week. You’re on a bad roll, first Book Club now this.

  2. Patti Abbott

    It might be just good enough for one of the many rainy days we are getting. We are less fussy in the summer. FIRST REFORMED was outstanding.

    1. george Post author

      Wolf, a couple years ago there was a remake of GHOSTBUSTERS with a female cast. This trend will continue. I liked the cast in OCEAN’S 8 but they weren’t challenged by the script.

      1. Steve Oerkfitz

        I can see it now. All female casts of remakes of The Wild Bunch, The Great Escape, Lord of the Flies etc.I am within 3 minutes of the nearest Emagine theater and Landmark theater. I prefer the MJR theater over the Emagine. It’s about ten minutes away but cheaper for matinees.

  3. Patti Abbott

    Steve-it is not an entertaining film. Some of the audience was miffed to say the least. If you liked CALVARY, this is the film for you.


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