At this point, I am just going through the movies I own digitally. When I am able to go back to the movie theater, I will go. I have heard that some are open at low capacity, but I have not checked them out yet. Perhaps I will start watching some of the so-called “home theater” releases since Hollywood seems to be giving up on the cinema industry, which is a shame. I love going to the theater, having my popcorn, and seeing a film on the big screen. That has been one of the hardest parts of the lockdown, personally, and if they do not come back it will make the future that much dimmer. Still, there are some great options for you to view at home, and Ocean’s 8 (2018) is as solid as they come.
Ocean’s 8 probably sounds familiar because of the recent Ocean’s trilogy starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and company. Ocean’s 8 is the female version of those films, and that was done purposefully. At one point, while assembling her team, Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett) presents mastermind Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) with a male criminal. In refusing, Debbie remarks that she does not want him because he will be recognized and the heist she was planning needed to trade on an unfortunate aspect of women, that being that they tend to go unnoticed. Being a part of the Ocean family, devising such schemes is in her blood, and this particular plot was devised while sitting in jail. She had been put there by a boyfriend, Claude Becker (Richard Armitage), who had convinced her to be a part of crooked art deals he was making, and let her take the fall. Once out, Debbie turns to Lou with her idea of stealing the Toussaint necklace, a piece of jewelry worth $150 million, and they will carry this out during a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. If you have seen the other Ocean movies, you know that those involved in the job each have their own specialties. Lou is Debbie’s right-hand woman. There is also Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), the fashion designer; the jewel expert, Amita (Mindy Kaling); the fence, Tammy (Sarah Paulson); the pickpocket, Constance (Awkwafina); and the computer expert, Leslie/Nine Ball (Rihanna). If you are keeping score at home, you will note that I only listed seven. The eighth, as it turns out, is Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), a famous actor who they initially dupe into being the one who would carry the necklace and off whose neck it would be stolen. But when she starts getting wise to what is going on around her, she is brought into the group. Her date to the ball-heist is Claude, and in the process of stealing the jewels they manage to pin the whole job on him.
One can make the argument that Ocean’s 8 is nothing original. Yes, there are a lot of similarities between it and the other Oceans films. At the end of the day, they are all heist films. You know the saying, “Thick as thieves?” That applies to all of these movies. They even known Mandarin, and that was one of many ties between the male and female teams. The women use Yen (Qin Shaobo), a Chinese acrobat who was part of Danny’s heists, to sneak into another part of the museum and steal even more jewels while everyone was focusing on the Toussaint. So I guess it was not an all female job. So if it is nothing new, what makes it good? Like its cousins, Ocean’s 8 is just cleverly written. It puts out pieces and clues that you see as the plot unfolds, and when they all come together it is satisfying. When you have such a fun way of telling a story, why change it?
Unfortunately, there really is nothing too Catholic or Christian about Ocean’s 8. One of the lines in this film that I wish they had left out is meant to be empowering to females, where Debbie says the reason they are doing this is to inspire the little girl out there dreaming of a life of crime. While funny, I would hope that same little girl would rather wish to be something else other than a criminal. Thus I would not recommend this film for the entire family. But if you are looking for a fun and entertaining story, then it is worth a few hours of your time.