Ocean’s Eight ★★★☆☆

Ocean’s Eight ★★★☆☆
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
Released: 2018
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Poulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, Rihanna and James Corden
Director: Gary Ross
Plot Summary: Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. (IMDb)

Upon her recent release from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) enlists the help of several other criminals to steal a necklace worth over 150 million dollars from the neck of a famous actress at the Met Gala in New York City.

I love heist films – anything from The Sting and The Italian Job to Entrapment and Ocean’s Eleven- the act of watching a group of people  pull off something that is seemingly impossible makes for extremely entertaining viewing. Ocean’s Eight is the latest in a long line to hit the big screen, and with the weight of the previous trilogy on its shoulders, it was set a high bar.

Unfortunately, the film fails to live up to the hype or any of its Ocean’s predecessors. The script and plot is not worthy of the acting talents of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Poulson and Anne Hathaway. There is a severe lack of thrills, wit and laughs that is characteristic of the Ocean’s films or any other heist. It doesn’t end there I’m afraid to say, there is also a lack of character chemistry, the pacing is sluggish and the cinematography is miles behind where it should be.

Debbie assembles a team to pull off a necklace heist at the famed Met Gala and while that sounds interesting enough, the film doesn’t seem to have a pulse until the actual heist kicks into action. However, even at that point there are too many eyebrow raising conveniences in the film for it to feel as if they’re pulling off something extraordinary.

Ocean’s Eight is a TV-quality film that can be watched and somewhat enjoyed in the comfort of the home with no real expectations attached to it. Despite operating under the Ocean’s banner, try your best to not draw comparisons with the Clooney-Pitt-Damon trilogy as it pales in comparison.

The Humpo Show | Richard

4 thoughts on “Ocean’s Eight ★★★☆☆

  1. I tried not to compare it to the rest of the Ocean’s films but when this movie carries the name, it’s hard not to. While Ocean’s 8 was entertaining at parts, it lacked the flare and pizzazz the franchise is known for. Plus the bit with James Corden after the heist threw off the pacing. Great review.

  2. I went into this with zero expectations and ended up really liking it. Although the chemistry between characters wasn’t that great (as you mentioned) there were some twists I didn’t expect. Plus, at the risk of sounding shallow, I loved the look of the film, including the Clothes! and Jewels!

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