Should You See Ocean’s 8? Our Movie Diva Caroline Cao Reveals Her Thoughts!By Caroline Cao | June 12, 2018 | Entertainment
Divas! Meet our newest contributor, movie expert Caroline Cao – with her review of the newest caper in the Ocean’s Eleven franchise!
Ocean’s 8: The Ensemble Deserves a Better Payday. In this all-female reboot and spinoff of the classic caper 2001 Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s 8 feels a bit pedestrian under Gary Ross’ direction and didn’t need the franchise patent to exist on its own. Riddled with plot-holes and tensions, the film overtly pats itself on the back, pretending it has committed something audacious when the heist operations just feel passable, despite some promise of ingenuity.
But worth the admission price is Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Rihanna as the gang! Each performer has her steal-stealing moment or quip. Lastly, the surprise eighth-ranger Anne Hathaway, who acquires a priceless – and surprisingly human – motivation for her recruitment in the thievery of a historic diamond necklace.
The casual revel in the femininity of jewelry and sparkling gowns is a refreshing change in a culture of blockbusters overtly reverent of leading masculine heroes. In a telling scene, ringleader Debbie (Bullock) stares into the mirror and gives herself this motivational speech: She’s not doing this for revenge (lies!) or money (lies again!), but she’s doing this to be a role model to little girls who aspire to be thieves. Such anti-heroism is underrated.
While the heist needs better coordination on the director’s part and is drained of close-call tensions, you’ll enjoy the ride with the cast. I just wish the payday felt worthier for its ensemble. But, if you have your own band of fierce divas who work together for the common (and hopefully legal) goal of empowerment, grab your popcorn and evening wear and head on down.
Ocean’s 8 is now playing nationwide.
Caroline Cao is screenwriter, playwright, poet, and film critic studying for her Nonfiction MFA at the New School. She has contributed to Birth Movies Death, Film School Rejects, The Mary Sue, Bitch, and Reverse Shot. Follow her on Twitter @maximinalist and Instagram @amaximinalist.
photo credit: Warner Bros.