More than often, whenever there are talks of a female reboot happening of a previously hit all-male cast movie, the internet is full of tweets and posts about how another female reboot is not really necessary.
I mean, we’ve already done it to Ghostbusters (and the remake was absolutely hilarious and funny), even the new Dr. Who is a woman!
So it was quite obvious, that an Ocean’s franchise all-female cast remake (let’s call it a FeMake) will get the same treatment too.
But what most people ignored or did not really understand was that, just like catching ghosts, stealing and thievery isn’t something only a man can do. Women can do it as well, if not much better and neatly executed.
That is where Ocean’s 8 triumphs, not without its own faults but triumphant anyway.
The movie will be quite a nostalgic trip for fans of the original Ocean’s Trilogy because this movie really reflects and mirrors its predecessors so much that at one point, a conversation between Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean and Cate Blanchett’s Lou feels just like a conversation between George Clooney’s Danny Ocean and Brad Pitt’s Rusty from Ocean’s 11.
The movie also starts like the beginning of Ocean 11, the female Ocean sibling, Debra is sitting in front of parole board solemnly promising not to get into any more trouble once she is out. She has learned her lesson and will penance, she claims.
Moments after she gets out, she commits several crimes – shoplifting and impersonation fraud to name a few.
She meets up with her closest friend, Lou and together they create a team of misfits who will together steal the most coveted diamond necklace from Cartier during the busiest event of the year – Met Gala.
There are twists and turns, problems and obstacles, but Debbie Ocean has had 5 years in jail to create her plan and make it flawless.
In the end, they steal much more than what they aimed for and everybody is happy, richer and undetected – for now.
The cast is stellar with everyone living up to their potential (even Rihanna, after a disastrous performance in her first film, The Battleship). Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway deserve a special mention because of their acting. The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett is flawless and natural, just like it was between Clooney and Pitt.
But what I would have loved, as if they had a female Insurance detective out to chase them. To the casting directors, I am sure it felt like Corden was a wild choice to play a tricky sleuth (his witty snaps at people was also very cute) but in a movie full of female thieves, why not have a strong female character out to get them?
I would have loved the movie even more if someone like Jessica Chastain or Charlize Theron, or even Octavia Spencer would have played that part.
The dialogue of the movie was fresh and witty, the glam of the Met Gala well captured (with the help of cameos from several people like Kim Kardashian, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Olivia Munn as well as Anna Wintour) and the costumes carefully crafted.
Above all, this movie stands out as a daring venture where it does not necessarily make an act feminine just for the sake of it being a female. Sure, Sarah Paulson’s character is a mother who leaves her kids for a few weeks to get into the act but apart from that, the hacker in their team is just like any other hacker. The characters do not get into unnecessary frill and overtly pink femininity, giving this film a fresh and new perspective, making it a must-watch.
As Debbie Ocean wisely said, “Hims are always noticed, Hers are ignored. And for once, we are trying to be ignored.”