(3 / 5)
Sometimes movie ideas feel both long overdue and completely inspired at the same time. It may be a belated a continuation of an established brand or just a collaboration between artists that should blend well together. Most of these ideas sour quickly, like The Expendables films. Ocean’s Thirteen was another such example. After the tremendous goodwill of the first film, the sequels squandered appeal for weaker entries in a trilogy that ends much softer than it started. Fast forward eleven years to 2018, and a long thought franchise is reopened with Ocean’s 8.
Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, sister of Clooney’s Danny in the original films. Fresh from prison, Debbie wastes no time putting together a crew for a heist that seemed to be planned completely while incarcerated. She connects with friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) and they quickly go to work planning a jewel heist during the Met Gala. With the help of a hacker (Rihanna), a jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a designer (Helena Bonham Carter) and a few others, Debbie gets things rolling.
Ocean’s 8 is easily the most fun film is the series since the first entry. Bullock and her supporting cast of diverse and talented women breathe new life into a stagnant franchise. Finally a female-centric heist movie that unites so many great actresses. Though the movie attempts to borrow heavily from the original (casting actors as female equivalent of male counterparts in 11), it’s fast-paced and enjoyable enough to avoid alienating the audience. It’s funny, fun, and packed with cameos of celebrities and enough ties to the source to justify the moniker. The best sequel in the Ocean’s universe. A bit too tidy on the finale and denouement, but it is forgiven by giving the audiences an engaging story ripe for summer blockbuster season. 3 out of 5 stars