Now Showing: Ocean’s 8


by David Gifford


Ocean’s 8 is directed by Gary Ross (Free State of Jones) and stars Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett (Carol) as Lou, Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) as Daphne Kluger, Mindy Kaling (The Office) as Amita, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as Tammy, Awkwafina (Neighbors 2) as Constance, Rihanna (Musician) as Nine Ball, and Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables) as Rose Weil.

As you can see, the cast is one of the biggest selling points of the film. Another is that this is somewhat a reboot of the successful Ocean’s franchise that had Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13. This movie instead of a mostly male cast, is a mostly female cast who is looking at a big heist. The story here is that Debbie Ocean went to prison, and upon her release is looking to bring a crew of people together to pull off a heist to steal a necklace worth multi millions of dollars.

The movie’s strongest aspects are its acting performances which are absolutely amazing from start to finish. It cannot be stressed enough how great the performances are here. The lead performance might be the best in the movie. Sandra Bullock does a great job in playing the charming thief that can steal just about anything. While she seems to be a nice person there is definitely a part of her that just enjoys stealing things. Another standout performance is from Anne Hathaway who would most likely be considered the antagonist, even though she really doesn’t fit the usual bad person for a movie. She is a character that really is full of herself, and it is cool to see her take a different kind of role.

The movie may not have quite as much style as the movies in the series that came before, but it has some solid camera work, a nice score, and some cool choices in editing. The movie also feels effortless in its story. Many movies struggle between scene to scene, but this movie flows between the scenes with grace.

The film overall does a great job in what it set out to do. It’s funny, fun, and easy to love. It isn’t perfect, but it does match a lot of the quality of the movies in the series that came before it. That is why it gets an 8/10 and a worth seeing in theaters.


David Gifford is a college student, a sales rep for The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast. Check out his podcast: Reasonably Reel.