The Movie: 6.8/10
Trying to hard to impress, make comparisons, to be cool, is a flaw of so many movies, which means Ocean’s Eight is in good (or neutral) company. I’m not a fan of the Ocean’s movies, or the premise. Heists and crimes where it’s cool and definitively empowering for the characters to steal a bunch of stuff that doesn’t belong to them so they can get rich or revenge, well, it’s kind of boring and crass. I get it, I’m not going to commit this crime and to see someone on the big screen plot, plan, and execute such a daring plan is stimulating and fun and in the end you understand their motivation so you overlook their law breaking skills. Most of the time we are even supposed to root for them, which I admit in Ocean’s 8 I didn’t really end up doing, not at all.
Before I say what I didn’t really like, I will say this, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was fun, funny, charming, and I never questioned any of the characters’ motivations. They might have all been shallow card board cut out people with no depth or substance at all, but what we are offered as their choices and reasons and actions all make sense so I didn’t dig deeper. When I did dig deeper I found things about the movie that made me take a deep breath and just keep on going in spite of the annoyance factor. I get it, women are strong and cool and determined and talented and smart and …I am a woman so yea, we are all that, and yet when you put on the affectations of what is perceived as being more tough or strong or aloof because it appears more masculine or reflective of what male characters in the same type of movies do, it comes off as pretentious and try hard. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, and Awkwafina all leaned toward the Hollywood version of what masculine counterparts for their characters would be and it was quite a distraction at the very least. It just crawled in that place between my desire to really enjoy the ride of the movie and my brain that was telling my eyes to roll A LOT. I tried to escape it and at times it all melted away to the action and to some genuinely high quality scenes, only rear its head to try to emphasize just how cool these women are, but it didn’t really do that for me. It reminded me that they are criminals stealing jewels from someone else just so they can be rich, which combined with their feigned bravado-esque attitudes lowered the whole thing.
Who did I love, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. They were both a bit outrageous and brought affectations of basic Hollywood female characters, but then balanced them with their own style and injection of just being people making the choices they are making, living this story without me being aware so much of their gender related qualities. Carter with her disconnected style and Hathaway having to bring some comedy vomiting to the screen won me over:)
I had a good time, yes. I enjoyed the overall vibe of the movie, yes. I laughed a lot of times, yes. In the end however it left me with the same feeling that the original Ocean’s Eleven left me with…blah, uninspired criminals trying to be Hollywood cool.
- Deleted Scenes (2 Minutes) – Two scenes that add a little bit to the ending of the film.
- Re-imagining The Met Gala (13 Minutes) – Director Gary Ross and various members of the cast take a look at the main heist in the film. It took a lot to recreate the real life Gala.
- A Heist In Heels (12 Minutes) – Focusing on the fashion element of the film.
- Ocean’s Team 3.0 (14 Minutes) – A look at each member of the team and how they fit into the grand scheme of the whole franchise.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Ocean’s 8 was shot digitally on an 8K camera and looks terrific on 4K and Blu-ray here with a very sharp transfer that looks a billion dollars top to tale. Sharpness is through the roof with excellent color and shadow detail throughout the whole running time. There is a slight banding effect on the main titles but it’s not seen throughout the movie.
Dolby Atmos is the order of the day here with a 7.1 track that envelopes the viewer. The mix uses a lot of ambient cues in the background that makes the film come alive. The movie also uses a lot of cool music tracks that are mixed loudly but never obscure the dialog.
Overall Score 6.8/10