Tiny Couch Review

Ocean's 8, 2018

  • LeratoEnchanted
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    Signed up the 28/03/2017

    On 27/06/2018 at 11:26 Quote this message


    Ocean's 8 doesn't at any point mislead anyone into thinking it is more than it is; this simple fact ultimately becomes its saving grace. A fun, fast-paced ride that can be rewatched over and over is what summer movies are made of. The Gary Ross-directed Ocean's 8 secures a spot as one of the most compelling watches of this summer movie run, but not for the reasons you think.

    Of course you'd initially expect for an Oceans reboot to at least be weighty in terms of story and characterisation, but the weight shed to make Oceans 8 a much, much lighter watch surprisingly works out well enough to drive the movie's watch value up a notch; you turn off your fussiness and enjoy each moment as it unfolds.

    The cast is well-assembled and wastes no time in making themselves a worthy team of antiheroes the second they're all on screen together. Sandra Bullock leads the group of classy criminals effortlessly, taking on the role parallel to that of George Clooney's charismatic, calm and ambitious Danny Ocean. She's right at home as a cockily experienced con. No matter the 5 years, 6 months and 12 days she's served, she dives right back into the middle of the Ocean in hopes of catching herself the biggest fish of them all.

    Cate Blanchett, whom I personally thought would be the personification of kickass badassery, soothes into the more lightheaded partner to Bullock's Debbie Ocean, as she often becomes the voice of reason. The rest of the cast doesn't get as much screen-time as the two stars do, but Anne Hathaway commits a heist of her own as her character, Daphne Kluger, steals the entire movie. If you've ever doubted Hathaway's range, this is oddly the film to set you straight. She dives in and out of different personalities to serve her own agenda. From a menacing, snorty villian for a bit, to a whiny princess and into a focused swindler herself, there isn't a moment you won't be at awe as she glides through her masterful performance.

    The eight assemble to steal the most valued Cartier necklace, which they make sure ends up at the prestigious annual fashion event, the Met Gala, around Hathaway's neck.

    Much of the movie is a breeze as soon as the plot is set-up as our determined criminals face no real challenges or consequences. This fact surprisingly doesn't take away from how enjoyable the movie is, but it does feel like a cheap and rushed remake to the more crafted original Ocean's by Steven Soderbergh.

    To fully enjoy this film you might have to go into the theater having given yourself a bit of a pep-talk first; "breathe and enjoy, this is afterall a glitzy extravaganza of a summer movie". If you go in with any expectations then you stand to come out a bit more flushed by the glossiness of it all. Though having a blast and giggling a few times than you'd anticipate is guaranteed. No fancy cinematography, dialogue or even music, just an expensive necklace, bold constumes and a helluva fun and suspensful ride. The film's enjoyability falls into your own ability to adjust.

    The film also stars a charming and sure Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, the sadly under-used Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham-Carter, the hilarious rising star Awkwafina, and even cameos from Matt Damon and Dakota Fanning.

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