Verdict: A brilliant cast that makes for a great watch.

A highly successful franchise, the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy is known for being slick, witty, and fast-paced. Taking the series ahead is the new and twisted film Ocean’s 8, an all-female star cast movie. Directed by Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8 has a spectacular cast increasing our expectations from the movie. The cast consists of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina. The Hunger Games director definitely has a dream cast and it works out well.

What’s Ocean’s 8 About

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of the popular conman Danny Ocean (George Clooney), is released from prison and soon starts to assemble a team to do what she and her family know best – pulling off the perfect heist. Five years, eight months, 12 days in the prison is how long it took Debbie to plan a perfect heist. With the help of her long-time friend Lou (Cate Blanchett), Debbie hunts for recruiting the other members of this team. They finally manage to put together an ensemble who would steal the most precious diamonds – the Toussaint – from inside the Met Gala. The team consists of fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena), a diamond expert Amita (Mindy Kaling), a stay-at-home mom Tammy (Sarah Paulson), expert pickpocket Constance (Awkwafina) and the brilliant hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna). The diamonds that are to be stolen are on the necklace that is worn by the top Hollywood actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathway) who will be attending the Met Gala.

What Works

With a fabulous all-female star cast, a perfect story, this film has all that it takes to be a blockbuster. The way Sandra Bullock’s character Debbie is shown to be super confident is exactly what you expect from the Ocean’s series.
She smoothly goes about shoplifting and even manages to get a hotel room without actually paying for it, which is amazing. The cast is already such an amazing bunch of established and talented actresses that it is no surprise they all deliver incredible performances. Anne Hathway, especially as a Hollywood starlet, does a splendid job and her expressions in each scene are remarkable. Cate Blanchett gives you all the right feels with her persona, attitude, and the biker-girl character she portrays. James Corden plays an investigating officer and brings even more humour to the film.

What Could’ve Been Better

We would have loved to see more nuanced development for a couple of characters. For example, we were looking forward to seeing the criminal past of best-friends and partner Lou and Debbie. The film is different in many ways from its previous, all-boy installments. Go with an open mind and you’ll enjoy it.

Why You Should Watch This

If you are a fan of the Ocean’s trilogy, you should catch this film. Watch Ocean’s 8 for mind-blowing performances, an interesting story, and killer, badass ladies. Book for this fun heist film with your pals this weekend.