“Sometimes just knowing the job will work is good enough. You don’t have to do it,” says former Ocean’s star, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) to Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) in the franchise’s latest film, Ocean’s 8.
While Reuben’s logic would seem sound to most people, to someone like Debbie, who views her family’s history of elaborate cons and heists as hereditary, you gotta do it. You gotta run the job.
And Debbie does just that.
In this female-led spin-off, Debbie Ocean, former convict, and estranged sister to the late Danny Ocean (George Clooney), teams up with her old friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to bring a rag-tag group of women with specific skill sets together to perform the perfect heist.
The job: steal the Cartier Jeanne Toussaint (a six-pound diamond necklace valued at a hundred and fifty million dollars) from the neck of diva movie star and MET co-chair, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the annual MET Gala Ball. The reward: 16.5 million dollars per person and sweet, sweet revenge.
If I’m being honest, I’ve never seen any of the films from the Ocean’s trilogy, and when I found out that Ocean’s 8 is a remake, I decided not to watch the originals. Why? Because I wanted to watch Ocean’s 8 from an unbiased point of view. I wanted to see this film for what it is, rather than what it has to live up to.
And I’m glad that I went through with that decision.
At face value, Ocean’s 8 is a kick-ass summer comedy featuring some of Hollywood’s best actresses. When you dig deeper, it’s a story of sisterhood and how strong and capable women can be when they work together to achieve a shared goal i.e. master theft.
I’m unsure of whether or not this film lived up to the Ocean’s trilogy, but I do know it was an entertaining flick worth seeing.