For those who don’t know, this is sort of a film that could be considered a fourth of it’s collection. Although a change up in actors and characters, there are some small connections to the first three, ‘Ocean’s 11’, ‘12’ and ‘13’. For starters, our new main con-artist is Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister. Also, there are a few recognisable actors from the previous films too, but I’m not going to ruin it and say who! So as you may tell, it might be helpful to watch the other Ocean films before this one, although not a necessity, would just make some conversations a bit more understandable if you have seen them, that’s all.
Now for anyone that’s seen the trailer or any advertising, I’m sure you can tell a lot of money has been spent to create a fantastic, well-known cast. Alike to the first Ocean’s who had the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts; ‘Ocean’s 8’ presents a cast equally as well-known. With Sandra Bullock as the brains behind the whole heist as Debbie Ocean, her first go to and partner-in-crime is Cate Blanchett. Thirdly, throw in the celebrity mark of Anne Hathaway, and as the Irish fashion relic Helena Bonham Carter, I mean I think she was Irish, it was an accent that came and went throughout the film. Although I still love her. Then with a star that had a lot of screen-time, the hacker Nine Ball played by Rihanna. And finally ‘American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson. The other two I think are less well-known, Mindy Kaling, who I recognise off ‘The Mindy Project’ although I’ve never watched it; and Awkwafina as the slight-of-hand con-artist who I don’t recognise at all, however she was probably my favourite character. Then throughout the film they even threw in stars during the Met Gala in which they were to steal from. Such as Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and many others. Also, Dakota Fanning and James Corden made an appearance. As you can tell, there was a lot of money spent on a cast such as this. Clearly the sole reason for the film was the cast, therefore it wasn’t the most amazing plot going…
I’m not going to say that this was the most amazing heist film I’ve ever seen, because it wasn’t. This film was revolved around stealing a neckless during the Met Gala, off the celebrity wearing it. As all Ocean films do, there is a revelation, which to be honest wasn’t that fantastical. Rather a let-down, expected in my opinion. Which is a shame. I guess the Ocean’s are a bit been-there-done-that, as ‘Ocean’s 8’ seemed extremely similar to the ‘Ocean’s 11’. They both started off with them both being released from prison and oh they’re back to being a con-artist and heisting as they were before. Scorned and hurt from prison, both Ocean siblings want to take revenge on those they think wronged them. I guess with this sort of plot where there isn’t actually much you can do with it, but there were a lot of similarities and I guess it was just a bit samey.
Furthermore, other than the character Constance, I didn’t think many characters were that interesting. I did like Nine Ball, Rihanna’s character, but the others didn’t seem to have much personality to them. Some seemed a bit deflated, they could have pushed personalities further or created some sort of character background, but it wasn’t quite there. Although saying this, I didn’t hate any of the characters! Far from it. They just weren’t the most investing. I did quite like Anne Hathaway’s character, Daphne Kluger and Sarah Paulson’s Tammy, however, although again could have gone further. Additionally, I have to mention the whole of James Corden’s part just dragged. I love James Corden, but his section of the movie just felt unnecessary when we knew what had happened anyway, for some reason they just dragged this bit out with no real purpose.
Saying all this, maybe I’m being a bit too harsh. It wasn’t a bad film, and I did enjoy watching it. It was enjoyable and fun. I do not regret watching it at all, although can’t say I’d be rushing to see it again, because once watched, it’s done really. It wasn’t as good as hoped, but still thought it was worth a watch, even just for the cast.