Oceans 8 is the sequel to the Clooney-Pitt heist series Oceans 11, 12, and 13. An all female cast starring Sandra Bullock as George Clooneys sister, Debbie Ocean. A woman recently released from prison who during her 5 year stay in prison plans a heist to steal a necklace worth 150,000,000 dollars. She quickly recruits a crew with a cast that I wouldn’t call All-Star but pretty exciting to the right crowd. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhianna, Akwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Mindy Kaling round up the merry bunch of criminals. The crew plans to steal said necklace at the met gala off the neck of celebrity Daphne Kluger, played by Anne Hathaway, a narcissistic super star who is surprisingly clever, and quite possibly the best part of the entire film. She’s absolutely hilarious even outshining the likes of Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter. Her annoying laugh captures the screen and perfectly parodies todays hollywood idols.
One thing many of you may be wondering is how this compares to the other films in the Oceans series, to make the statment blunt, its okay. Its not nearly as good as 11, but its definitely better than 12. It uses many of the same tropes as its predecessors, and at many parts in the film you catch yourself wondering how much time is left. The heist itself is a lot of fun with a lot of under cover work, and cool tricks. The Blanchett, Bullock duo doesn’t quite match Pitt and Clooneys in the sense of rivalry and hilarity. One thing the film was completely lacking which I found odd was any sort of antagonist. The film was supposed to be focused on camaraderie, instead of antagonism which didn’t really work for me. Overall “Oceans 8” is an entertaining heist film and I love the chance they took making it an all female crew, I’d love to see a sequel film perhaps with a little more character development, and an antagonist to really put the pressure on the ladies next time around.