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Ocean's 8 (2018)
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:36:03 pm »
Ocean's 8 (2018)
2 1/2 Stars out of 5



I love Heist Flicks. I don't love Ocean's 8. It's not a bad movie, it's just.....okay. Before I jump into my thoughts of the movie itself, I gotta address the numbering that is Ocean's 8. With no backstory or spoilers going into this movie, I just assumed that since we are a 8, that the events that take place here take place before the events of Ocean's 11, 12 and 13. I just assumed this was going to be an all-female prequel to those flicks with an eye toward doing 9 and 10 of this flick did well at the box office. But when the movie opens up....I literally thought this was a Reboot/Remake with the opening scene with Sandra Bullock basically doing the very same Parole Scene from the opening of 11.

So, after we get a bit into the movie, we learn that Sandra's character is actually the sister of Danny Ocean, as played by George Clooney. Clearly, this was and is a "sequel" in that this takes place after the events of 13. You following me so far? Yeah, the numbering is confusing and makes the brain work harder than it needs to. But I also get that 8 is a good number because Hollywood is not going to pay for 14 name actresses to carry this flick, which is a very risky bet with an all new cast.

As for 8, like I said, an 'okay' movie with a very predictable heist, which itself wasn't anywhere near inventive and cool as what we got in 11. As for the cast that made this, we have a couple of Hollywood A-Listers in Sandra, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. Everyone else is either a C-Lister, a Musician (Rihanna), or people I've never seen before. Helena Bonham was thrown in to add some "clout" I guess. Anyway, with that said, I thought the 3 cameos we get with Elliott Gould and Qin Shaobo reprising their roles was a nice callback. As for the 3rd, it was George, albeit it a Framed Picture of himself. Would have been great to get more cameos. So, I guess I can kinda recommend this in spite of its flaws. A rainy day movie.
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