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Ocean’s 8 Movie Review

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With the summer upon us, a brand new blockbuster is hitting theaters this week in the form of Ocean’s 8! Right off the top, I love this cast. Any time you bring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett together, you’re probably going to pull boatloads of people into the theater, and for good reason. There are three Oscars and eight Oscar nominations between the two, so there’s definitely no shortage of talent. Add Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter into the mix and your numbers go up to four and twelve respectively. Eleven years after Ocean’s 13 we’re going back to Steven Soderbergh’s franchise for another heist led by a member of the Ocean family, and I couldn’t wait to check it out!

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Ocean’s 8 is directed by Gary Ross and stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. Fresh out of jail, Debbie Ocean, played by Sandra Bullock, rounds up new and old friends to pull off the heist of a lifetime. With the annual Met Gala coming up, there will never be a better time to plant a $150 million dollar necklace on the event’s featured actress and steal it right off her neck, but it will take a team of members with different skills and levels of access to even have a chance at stealing the most expensive piece of jewelry in the world.

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Hands down, the best part of this movie is the cast. It has been three years since the last time we saw Sandra Bullock in a film, so it only makes sense for her to splash right back onto the scene and lead a movie with Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. I’m not surprising anyone by saying that Sandra Bullock is so charismatic and entertaining to watch. Her delivery of every line is so great and can either show off her comedic chops or her character’s expertise when it comes to executing a heist, which is put on display right as the film begins. She and Cate Blanchett have great chemistry and I completely bought into the history between the two solely based on how well they played off each other. Speaking of Cate Blanchett, she was another standout of the movie. It sounds weird to say that Cate Blanchett was a standout, but she’s one of the most memorable members of this cast, and she always seemed to tie scenes together that didn’t quite work for me prior to her appearance. As great as Bullock and Blanchett are, Anne Hathaway may have stolen, pun absolutely intended, this movie. Not to get into Hollywood gossip, but Anne Hathaway tends to have some negativity associated with her name, but she gives off the exact opposite impression in Ocean’s 8. I actually thought that she was the most fun character to watch. She’s catty, just as you would imagine a Hollywood queen being, but she’s also so quick and commands such a screen presence that she becomes likable. I could listen to her tell Hollywood stories or speak at press conferences in character all day long. If anything, this movie is enjoyable. The cast is obviously the main reason, but watching the heist unfold is fun in itself. I loved watching each team member show off their individual skills, and I loved how they tied together in execution. I also love the personality that an all-female team brings to the table. There’s definitely a different dynamic than we see in the original Ocean’s trilogy, and I think that it works for the best in terms of tone.

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While I enjoyed a good portion of this movie, I do have quite a few issues with it. If you’re hoping for perfectly written scenes that allow you to understand exactly how each person’s skill is performed, you won’t get that. Rihanna gives a great performance, but the movie glosses right over everything that might help her hacks make sense. I guess I just have to come to the conclusion that it’s glossed over because it actually doesn’t make sense. I wasn’t confused because I wasn’t being shown enough. I was confused because it’s nonsense. She easily hacks her way into everything she needs to get into, and beyond that, difficulty and process is nonexistent. I’m also still not sure exactly what Sarah Paulson’s character does that would make her the right person for this job. Without a doubt, I think that she would be a valuable member of a heist, but I don’t understand why she is assigned the specific job she performs based on her history. Again, I don’t think it’s supposed to be important. I’m supposed to just flick my brain off and accept that everything is going as planned. My main issue with the movie is that it tries to be too slick, too fast, and too smart in the first hour. It felt like it refused to accept how simple it was, and that tends to overcomplicate things that already didn’t make sense.

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Overall, Ocean’s 8 is an enjoyable movie with a charismatic cast with great chemistry. The dynamic of an all-female team really brings some fresh comedy and a specific style that I loved. Sandra Bullock shows exactly why she’s one of the funniest and quickest leading ladies in Hollywood, and her chemistry with Cate Blanchett is amazing. Anne Hathaway might actually have been my favorite part of the film, and her classic snobby celebrity attitude is given so much charm that she becomes likable and a blast to watch. Don’t expect to get a tight-knit story with reasoning and stakes because the film tries to be much snappier than it actually is, but it’s an enjoyable summer popcorn movie with a great team that will definitely steal your attention. I’m going to give Ocean’s 8 a 6/10.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm