By Dave B.
In Ocean’s 8 (2018, currently on HBO), Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gets paroled after five years in prison. Following in the footsteps of her brother, she spent that time planning an elaborate heist. She gathers a team of experts to execute her daring plan: to pull off the biggest, most audacious jewel theft in history.
Ocean’s 8 has some things going for it. The performances range from decent to very good and the cast chemistry is clearly strong. There’s also a high likability factor with nearly all of the main characters. But Ocean’s 8 is missing some vital, engaging element that would make it a good movie. And that element is…an adversary. Unlike previous Ocean’s movies, there’s no battle of wits, no “big bad” that needs to be defeated, and no real obstacles that need to be overcome. Ocean’s 8 isn’t boring, but it’s far from interesting.
The cast of this film were done a disservice by the weak script. I think it’s fairly certain that there will be another sequel or two to this movie and I have no reason to doubt that they will be stronger offerings, but the actual story in this movie really disappointed me. I certainly don’t think Ocean’s 8 is a bad movie, but it isn’t challenging, it’s not particularly fun or interesting, and because the outcome is never in doubt at any point, it feels as if it has no stakes. For those reasons, I can’t recommend Ocean’s 8 on it’s own merits, but I liked it enough that I’m willing to check out “Ocean’s 9” if and when it is released.
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