Ocean 8 – Review

Ocean’s 8 is a spin off from the reboot Ocean’s trilogy starring George Clooney. And an all female cast of a spin off. I was not a huge fan of the Ocean’s trilogy. The first one was eh. The second was okay. And the third one was a lot of fun. Now, this spin off does not improve over the original trilogy. It was decent. The cast ensemble was good. The plot brings in Danny (George Clooney) sister who is played by Sandra Bullock. She gets out of prison and plans her next heist of stealing diamond necklace that is worth 150 million dollars. I did feel like this film was lacking in fun and stand out characters.

From Sandra Bullock to Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway to Sarah Paulson, and even Rihanna to Mindy Kaling, everyone had their moment to shine here and I was having a blast watching these characters interact with one another.

Sadly, those moments are few and far between. These actresses give their all with what they’re given, but the script (aside from the plotting of the climax itself) just felt a little generic.

A group of women gets together to do a heist and the circumstances are very much the same as the first film in the franchise. Nothing new was brought to the table, which was the one thing I was hoping for with this movie.

Fans of the franchise may have some fun with the movie when it truly kicks into high gear, as I surely did, but the overall movie is frankly average. In particular, I found some of the unique editing choices to be slightly cheesy and I’m not sure if the movie’s style worked all that much.

The pacing is off in many places and it seems as though music is used throughout the first act to liven up a scene and prevent it from being boring.

For all of these reasons and more, I can’t quite recommend this movie to many viewers, but if you enjoy watching a good heist, that portion of this film is worth the price of admission in my opinion. While it’s not something you have to rush out and see at the cinema, Ocean’s 8 is worth renting.

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