I saw ocean’s eight and it was okay…
I’d wanted to see it since I saw the trailer, and having spoken to many people who said ‘I haven’t heard good things about that’ but not actually having heard the bad things myself, I decided that enough was enough and I would make my own opinion of it.
It starts with a shot of Sandra Bullock’s character (Debbie) in a parole hearing, having spent 5 or so years in jail for a crime not yet revealed. She is deadpan, and reveals that if she were to be released that she would ‘only want the simple life’. This is clearly a lie, but it feels like a secret only her and the audience is a part of.
The narrative moves on her to being released, but clearly her ways haven’t changed (and thank god am I right) as she swindles her way into a posh hotel stay, and then later we see her shoplift in plain sight with some fancy make up and perfume products, on the pretence that she is returning them but hasn’t got her receipt. Pretty clever actually…
Later we meet Lou, an Australian confidante with a knack for watering down vodka. The two women are fierce and powerful, clearly partners from their old schemes. Debbie reveals her plan to Lou, who takes some convincing but does get on board eventually.
The next part of the plan is to gather 5 additional woman, a designer, a hacker, a slight of hand wizard, a truck jacker and a diamond expert. Together they will rob Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala, having organised the best and most impossible heist of all. Debbie chooses an all female group because ‘for once we want to go unnoticed’.
The plot thickens. Other cast members are introduced. Back stories and narratives are revealed. Claude Becker is the reason Debbie ended up in jail and he ends up being Daphne’s date for the Met Gala. The plot thickens indeed.
I lowered my expectations slightly before entering the cinema to see this film. The plot was great, the ensemble cast was brilliant, the girl power was well shown, but for some reason I just felt ‘meh’ about it. I know that ‘meh’ is not a describing word but that’s how I felt.
I would watch it again, but I’ll probably wait for it to come out on Netflix/Now TV/Amazon Video, I won’t be purchasing it.
If you’ve seen the film and want to talk about it, please let me know in the comments box below!
Until next time xoxo