After Ocean’s 13 was released in 2007, a fourth installment was in the works with The Cast & Crew scheduled to return. Until one day, Bernie Mac (may he Rest In Peace) died from a case of pneumonia in 2008, leaving everyone to call it quits out of respect for their late friend. Eight Years Later, Warner Bros. (WB for short) announced that a female centric spin-off called “Ocean’s 8” was in the works which focuses on Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie, who recruits a band full of women with a unique skill to pull of a big heist much like her brother.
In 2016, George Clooney’s good friend Sandra Bullock signed on to play Debbie Ocean alongside Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, (one of my favorite actresses) & Awkwafina. Filming commenced in 2017. Many movie goers were worried that it’ll be the female Ghostbusters movie all over again. Remember how it ended up as the Gamergate of movies and perhaps the biggest movie controversy of 2016? Upon watching a preview of Ocean’s 8, I never batted an eye. I felt completely open that this felt promising without anybody over-acting.
Ocean’s 8 is currently out in theaters. So far, the earned positive reviews from several critics and it is making money at the box office.
This review doesn’t contain no SPOILERS. If you haven’t seen this movie, feel free to read it.
Rich: The Main Cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling & Awkwafina all did a fantastic job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Prior to signing up for Ocean’s 8, Anne Hathaway ironically played Selina Kyle/Catwoman, who stole a necklace belonging to Bruce Wayne/Batman’s mom Martha in The Dark Knight Rises. Don’t forget that she also played a rich girl in The Princess Diaries, which is her big screen debut.
Other Cast Members such as Richard Armitage & James Corden both did a great job for their respective performances. Thank god nobody casted Louis C.K. in a role. If they did, the film would’ve landed in hot water.
Gary Ross did a good job directing the picture as well as co-writing the script.
Even though Gary Ross worked in the director’s chair, Steven Soderbergh returns as a co-producer for the spin-off. Paul Feig if you’re reading this article, what you’re missing in Ghostbusters 2016 is substance. What you have used in your film is style over substance.
Funny Moments managed to give me several chuckles. I’m so relieved that the movie didn’t act like an unfunny Nickelodeon or Disney sitcom.
Chemistry between Debbie Ocean & her crew is considered the main highlight. Each one was interesting and they all served a purpose much like their male counterparts from the first three movies. I’ll give each one an Extra Point for not being similar to the all female cast from Ghostbusters 2016.
Without giving anything away, familiar faces from The Ocean’s Trilogy make cameo appearances.
Practical Effects were heavily used to orchestrate The Heist.
Editing retains its split screen technique from The Ocean’s Trilogy. You can’t have sleek transitions without them if you’re gonna make a caper film.
Cinematography looked decent without the use of Shaky Cam.
One character watches Animaniacs. It’s been confirmed that the beloved cartoon is coming back in the future.
Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin,” was used in the first trailer, the actual song is used in the film. Nancy is also the daughter of Frank Sinatra, who starred in the original Ocean’s 11. Hearing that song kinda felt meta if you ask me.
Many celebrities including Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, Serena Williams, Olivia Munn, Hailey Baldwin, Zayn Malik, Anna Wintour, Gigi Hadid among many others celebs make cameo appearances. Dakota will co-star with former Ocean’s Trilogy actors Brad Pitt & Al Pacino in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”
One of the villains has redeeming qualities. I can’t tell you who that specific character is, you’re gonna have to see for yourselves. I refuse to spill the beans.
Poor: The Teaser Trailer unintentionally gave away the fate of one of the main characters from The Ocean’s Trilogy! Oh Jeez! This is Batman Vs. Superman’s poor marketing campaign all over again. Whenever a trailer gives away a crucial spoiler, I have no choice but to automatically subtract a point before a movie comes out. WB, why didn’t you learn from your mistakes since you accidentally spoiled Terminator: Salvation & Batman Vs. Superman? You gotta keep pivotal plot elements under wraps!
Kim Kardashian, Kendall & Kylie Jenner make cameo appearances. Gonna have to Double Down each family member’s onscreen presence due to their idiotic image influencing young girls on their reality television show as propaganda.
A song called, “How Much Is That Doogie In The Window” plays in one scene. Remember Mike Myers singing that song in The Cat In The Hat? Wait a second! Dakota Fanning made a cameo in Ocean’s 8! OH MY GOODNESS? THIS BRINGS BACK GOD AWFUL PAINFUL MEMORIES! I would rather smell Patrick Star’s breath after eating fried oyster skins! You know that SpongeBob episode when Squidward moves to a neighborhood called “Squidville” where everybody looks like him.
The Final Verdict: B, FOR BREAKING BARRIERS!
Ocean’s 8 is a decent spin-off that’ll keep you entertained. Sandra Bullock & The Main Cast did a fantastic job. Gary Ross made sure not to screw up the nature of The Ocean’s Trilogy with the help of Steven Soderbergh. Familiar faces made cameo appearances among a few positive qualities listed as rich. I was gonna give this spin-off a B- because of the negative elements listed as poor, if it weren’t for The Main Cast acting like their male counterparts without going over-the-top, as in the all female cast from Ghostbusters 2016. The gals each deserved an Extra Point for not acting in a Dan Schneider sitcom.
If you have nothing to do or feel easily bored, I highly recommend Ocean’s 8. Go out and support this movie.