Movie Review - Ocean's 8

By: Bree Bazan
| Published 06/13/2018


If you've not yet heard, the popular movie series beginning with Ocean's 11 has recently released an exciting addition to the saga, called Ocean's 8. This film is comprised of mainly women, which is a slight change to the previous films, starring mainly men. This change had definitely made the series more diverse and modern in what was an excellent show of female empowerment and, of course, thievery!

The movie begins with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister to Danny Ocean, being paroled after 5 years in prison. She then goes on to find her partner-in-crime, Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Debbie explains her plans to Lou, how she spent the last 5 years planning to steal a necklace that is worth more than $150 million dollars. They recruit the help of five other highly skilled women to help them in their plans, including a hacker named Nine Ball (Rihanna) and a fashion designer named Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) who's is just on the wrong side of ditsy and confused.

Their plans include stealing the necklace directly off the neck of one Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), as they scheme for Rose to style it around her dress to the Met Gala. This plan takes a lot of work, especially to convince the owners, Cartier, to allow her to take it out of its vault for the first time in years to wear to the ball. However, they manage and Daphne wears the gorgeous necklace, accompanied by Cartier security guards to ensure its safe return. How they manage to plan around them is something I will have to save for myself, and allow you to make the decision to find out.

I definitely enjoyed this movie, and it is certainly something I wouldn't mind seeing again. It has just the right amount of comedy to make it interesting, without making the movie seem ridiculous. There is also the added bonus that the movie manages to follow its plot line the whole time without veering too far off to unlock all of the characters tragic backstories. Which does give each character a certain uncertainty to them and how they act, as we aren't given too much more than the basics necessary to make them a part of the movie.

The only thing that I would change about the movie is the addition of more Anne Hathaway. I think they created an excellent character for her, a rich girl who is obviously very famous and beloved to many. This was a great role for her that I think she fit very well. I would have loved to see more of her character, as I really enjoyed what she contributed to the movie. But, I digress, if you are looking for a fun and exciting movie that keeps you guessing, with a heavy dose of female strength and teamwork, then this is the summer movie for you