Ocean’s 8: A brilliant star cast attempts to pull off a dull plot
Cast – Sandra Bullock. Cate Blanchett. Anne Hathaway. Mindy Kaling. Sarah Paulson. Awkwafina. Rihanna. Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage, and James Cordon
Director – Gary Ross
Rating – 3/5
What will eight women coming together for a heist do? According to Ocean’s 8 steal diamonds, of course!
The Ocean’s 8 backdrop
The much-awaited spin-off from the Ocean’s series, Ocean’s 8 does justify the ten-year break from the last film – Ocean’s Thirteen. An all-women cast obviously ups the glamour quotient. However, the storyline by Gary Ross does not keep up with expectations. Here’s why.
The heist movie goes rather too slick when Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) swiftly recruits a team of eight women, days after her release from prison. Each member of the gang comes with their own special skills to neatly execute the robbery of Toussaint – a $150 million Cartier diamond necklace – from the Met Gala.
If there’s anything that makes up for the clichéd script and dull plot, its the sparkling performances by some seriously good actors.
One just can’t imagine anyone better to play badass-yet-classy than the duo of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) and her partner-in-crime Lou (Cate Blanchett).
Tammy, a suburban mom played by Sarah Paulson adds the much-needed spice and logic to the bland plot by the detailing she lends to the heist. Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger lends some comic vibes as a dim-witted celebrity (or maybe not!) who hosts Met Gala. Awkwafina as Constance, a pickpocket, lends some comedy in the plot too, though with limited screen presence.
Rihanna’s super cool hacker role of Nine Ball also needs more meat. Mindy Kaling as Amita, a jeweller, is clichéd to the core, except for a diamond grading dialogue and lacks a strong impact. Rose Weil portrayed by Helena Carter is a clumsy and disgraced designer. She fits well in the entire plot, complementing Daphne in her idiosyncrasies while stepping up the girl gang in convincing vigilant Cartier employees.
The two men who manage to make their presence felt are Richard Armitage and James Cordon. Armitage shines as Claude Backer, a suave yet crafty art curator who frames Debbie and is part of the motive for the heist. John Frazier, on the other hand, does justice to the role of James Cordon, a sharp insurance fraud agent with a sparkling feat of having caught Debbie’s father and brother in the past.
With such powerful casting, the movie had great potential to be a perfect summer flick but is let down by its flat screenplay . Ocean’s 8 is predictable from start to finish, except for a twist in the last 10 minutes. Nothing forces you to the edge of your seat, though.
Watching this movie is like eating cotton candy – beautiful to look at, high on sugar rush but way too airy and disappears before you can recall any flavour!
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