When you launch a fourth movie in any franchise it can be a bit risky, especially when none of the core cast is in the movie. So going into Ocean’s 8, we held our breaths hoping that the movie would live up to the original trilogy. The movie could have gone one of two ways – a good movie that could stand on its own, or a movie that felt like a money grab banking on an all female cast.
We’re happy to stay that Ocean’s 8 was a fun heist movie that can stand on it’s own. With minimal references to the original franchise and a couple appearances of characters we know from the first trilogy the movie sets it up as a well thought out heist that has years in the planning. And while there were a few elements that were predictable, the movie was a lot of fun.
One thing we are happy to say about Ocean’s 8 is while the movie on the surface looks like a movie just made to throw in some women actors to a movie to breath new life into the series, the movie proves that assumption wrong quickly. The cast is filled with veteran actresses, who not only play their roles flawlessly but bring a fresh breath of life into the series.
With a few red herrings, a smartly thought out plan and women showing their talents in several ways, Ocean’s 8 brings a fun time at the movies. We’re happy to see a movie that highlights strong women, but can be described just as a fun heist movie that doesn’t hang just on the gender of the cast. There are some references that lead you to believe that there will be another in the new series, as the new cast picks up the torch and continues the legacy.
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About Ocean’s 8:
The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Richard Armitage, James Corden, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Gary Ross. (WARNER BROS.) This film is rated PG-13.