Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight gets its disk and streaming release this week. I caught the film on Blu-ray this weekend thanks to my secret media acquisitions librarian super power. I had heard very mixed reviews from friends on this all-female sequel. I wanted to love it. I didn’t hate it. But it was flatter than the original – well the George Clooney Ocean’s Eleven film since that was a remake from an earlier film from 1960, Ocean’s 11 with the brat pack (Sinatra, Davis, Martin, Dickinson, Bishop et. al). This go-around, the eight in question are Sandra Bullock playing Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Askwafina, and Sarah Paulson. The end result felt lacking to me, but simply watching Cate be punk, Anne be a diva, Helena channel Betsy Johnson, Rihanna take on a stoner tech persona, and Sarah switch from suburban Mom to mastermind is worth the ride.  It’s not a perfect film. But it’s crazy good cast elevates it enough to enjoy. And then there’s the location shots at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And there’s virtually no violence in the film. Just a couture romp of a jewelry heist. 3 out of 5.

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