Movie Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ – sisters are doing it for themselves!

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Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter

Director: Gary Ross

Age restriction: 13 DL

Running Time: 110 min

Fun, sassy, sexy and oh-so-cool – that is Ocean’s 8 all wrapped up with a big, red bow.

Sandra Bullock takes the lead in this heist flick, playing Debbie, the equally-criminal sister of conman Danny Ocean. Debbie is also released from prison, and she comes out on parole with a plan to pull off the biggest jewellery heist in history.

Debbie approaches best friend and partner-in-crime, Lou (played by Cate Blanchett) to help her put together a team. But for Debbie, it’s a case of once-bitten-twice-shy when it comes to men, and she wants an all-female crew. Cue the introduction of Mindy Kaling as Amita, Sarah Paulson as Tammy, Awkwafina as Constance, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose and Anne Hathaway as ditzy actress Daphne Kluger.

The ladies get together to plan the biggest heist ever – stealing the most famous jewels owned by Cartier. And the fun begins.

The chemistry between Bullock and Blanchett (even their names rhyme) is undeniable. It is easily believable that the two of them are best friends and have been through a lot together. The rest of the team merges just as well, and the only drawback would be that because there are so many of them, they seem to have too little story.

But when they’re together, it is easy to believe that this is a group of tough, smart ladies who know their respective businesses inside-out.

Helena Bonham Carter is true-to-form as ditzy designer Rose. But Rose is not the only ditzy character. Anne Hathaway’s turn as trippy, self-centred actress Daphne Kluger brings a lot of fun. Especially as you come to realize that it’s all an act…

Sarah Paulson brings the daily grind – but with a twist, as stay-at-home mom Tammy. Rihanna is tough-girl hacker Nine Ball, Awkwafina is the cute but awkward pickpocket.

But it’s really Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett who dominate with their chemistry and friendship.

If there is one criticism to be levelled at Ocean’s 8, it is that it’s just too much like the previous movies (although so much better than the dreary, long-winded second instalment, Ocean’s 12).

The only difference in the story is that the characters are women and not men. It follows a similar trajectory as the previous Ocean’s¬†movies and it doesn’t really bring anything new.

However, it is fun to watch a movie where it’s women who take centre stage and the men are the peripheral characters.

There are a few surprises, but I won’t give anything away. I will say that two characters from the Ocean’ s movies make cameos. Which does tie the story up quite well.

Overall, Ocean’s 8 is as fun as its male counterparts – the friendship is as tangible, endearing and fun. And the¬† wardrobe is gorgeous. Keep your eyes peeled at the Met Ball!

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter make ageing in Hollywood seem effortless. Actually, the casting of the entire crew is inspired. They have different body types, different ethnicities, they aren’t all the same.

Ocean’s 8 proves that women can not only carry movies by themselves, but that you don’t have to be super-thin, white and blonde to be beautiful.

It’s not a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it does show promise that change is coming to Hollywood. I only hope that this continues.

You can catch it at cinemas across the country on Friday, June 22.

Ocean’s 8 proves that sisters can do it for themselves!

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