Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean
(Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life and she knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field…
Directed Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit,” “The Hunger Games”)
Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson,
Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter
Story by Gary Ross
Screenplay Gary Ross and Olivia Milch
Out in cinemas NOW
So, what’s it about?
If you thought you could get away with it would you do it? And if you did it, what would you do with all.that.money??
Imaginations and champagne infused apres-film chatter ran wild and free after watching the Ocean’s film series latest flick – Ocean’s 8. We all knew exactly whether or not we’d do it – apparently we all would (but ask us when we’re not holding a gin cocktail), we knew how we would’ve done the heist differently, what we would do with the money, and exactly which outfit we’d love to be wearing!
Ocean’s 8 didn’t disappoint our expectations of escaping into a well dressed adventurous heist all slick, all sass, all sexy… and this time, all female. At last. It feels like we’ve been waiting as long as Debbie Ocean for this. Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has had some time up her orange coloured sleeve to suss out the biggest, best-est, blingy-est heist and she takes us viewers willingly with her. First gathering her team, the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett), who owns the screen every time she’s on it. Cate is effortlessly cool, and effortlessly hot, with a wardrobe to die for if you could pull it off – I couldn’t. In my opinion my body type doesn’t quite work so well with a powder blue pant suit and pearls as much as it would in a silhouette hugging dress with diamonds.
Once the partners are back together they recruit their crew; jeweller – every heist needs a jeweller- Amita (Kaling). Imagine grabbing a coffee with Mindy Kaling and asking her what she’s been up to – you know just starring in two of the years biggest films with the biggest names in Hollywood, and Rihanna, and Oprah. Kaling’s characters always seem to have a humble tone and Amita is the humble diamond expert. Next recruit; street con Constance (Awkwafina) with the necessary fast fingers and ability to slip in and out of bathrooms apparently unseen. Next; expert fence Tammy (Paulson) who’s been working low key from the family garage and the lure of such a target tempts her back to the high key fence life, or maybe she’s been repressing her true high key fence self. The team needs a hacker and that comes in the form of Rihanna! It’s not lost on me the “Shine bright like a diamond” artist stars as Nine Ball hacking her way in and out of all things hackable, and we’re glad her character wasn’t some kind of version of herself – glamorous musician, with hacking skills. Final team member is the one and only Helena Bonham Carter as flailing fashion designer Rose, and we are glad to see her character was some kind of version of herself – endearing whacky, gloriously eccentric woman, dressed to match.
The target is $150 million dollars in diamonds. Shine bright like a diamond, cripes! Those diamonds will be on the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who seems to take resting bitch face and personify it. All this heisting is going down at the flashest event of the year, the Met Gala.
The plan is sound, well they all seem to know what they’re doing, but like all plans, well plans that involve stealing $150 million dollars in diamonds, everything needs to align like stars in the sky for something special to happen, and in this case that is to heist the ice in plain sight!
So, should you see it?
Of course you should. It’s your typical Ocean’s heist with all the tricks, twists and planned manoeuvres. Get the girls, and guys, some champagne, a frock, and indulge in a bit of slick, sassy, sexy, fantasy heisting with a note of humour, of course. Big balls, big diamonds and big stars, Ocean’s 8 is a winning combo.
Written by Ronnie Swainston