The past few years have been all about Girl Power. No longer is the female role solely to play the girlfriend or damsel in distress in movies. Finally, women get to do interesting stuff and kick ass. This resulted in the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters, this time with an all-female lead cast. While critics were rather positive about the film, audiences responded in a less positive way. A lot of men specifically seemed against a remake with females. Personally, I thought the film was quite enjoyable and the cast great. This is why I was excited to watch Ocean’s 8, a remake of the popular Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels. This time of course with an all-female cast in the lead.
What is it about?
Taken from RottenTomatoes:
Upon her release from prison, Debbie, the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean, puts together a team of unstoppable crooks to pull of the heist of the century. Their goal is New York City’s annual Met Gala, and a necklace worth in excess of 150 million dollars.
The film’s plot is rather clever, although a bit slow in the beginning. They spend a lot of time introducing each character, which is understandable but it doesn’t help the pace. However, the characters themselves are quite compelling and the cast has great chemistry. This is what keeps the story interesting, even in the slow parts. The actual heist is interesting, although it never managed to put me on the edge of my seat. There are quite a few amazing plot twists, but the last plot twist was ruined by the unrealistic way it apparently happened. That’s a shame, because I ended up not really believing it was possible. All in all, the film was entertaining, but not spectacular.
The film boasts an amazing cast of great actresses. Of course there’s Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. Apart from that Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson are in the heist. The thing is, apart from Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway, the other actresses never really get a chance to really shine. Of course, with such a large cast of main characters, it is difficult to give all actresses equal screen time. It’s just a shame that when these characters do have their moment, it is not always memorable.
The true star of this film is Anne Hathaway. Of course, Sandra Bullock is charming and witty as the film’s title character, but Anne does shine the brightest. She plays a stuck-up starlet, a parody on Hollywood actresses whose fame has gone to their heads. Anne does this with such grandeur yet so subtle that it is completely believable. She was a true joy to watch.
I had hoped Cate Blanchett would have a more interesting role. She is one of the best actresses alive today and apart from a stint in a kebab food truck, there was nothing she did that was truly memorable. Also Mindy Kaling, one of the funniest women in Hollywood, barely got a chance to crack a joke. When the film attempted to be funny, it managed to garner a few chuckles, but that was it. Which is a shame.
Also, I was a bit skeptical about Rihanna, but she did great. Her look was stripped down so she no longer appeared to be the unattainable pop star and therefore more relatable. I’m curious to see how she grows as an actress.
I think it is great that women are put center-stage and get more interesting roles to play. However, while Ocean’s 8 is entertaining, it is not as great as it could have been. You will be entertained, that’s for sure. But I would have loved it if the film was a little more memorable, especially considering the fantastic cast.