Andrew Baron-Vartian

Ocean’s 8 brings us a new era of the franchise in a semi sequel/reboot/spinoff starring Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean (brother to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean). On paper, this should have worked. A re-imagining of a classic heist scenario branching off a successful Hollywood franchise with today’s leading electrifying women should have been a smash hit. The fault here lies upon our writer/director Gary Ross. It felt as if Ross was doing a tacky cheap imitation of Steven Soderbergh’s excellent direction of the previous entries. The entire rhythm of the film felt completely off, as if Ross didn’t understand how to make an Ocean’s film and was just winging it based on studying the previous trilogy. This film is wildly un-original and at times just plain boring due to the lack of conflict and style.

That said, most of the performances were great. Anne Hathaway stole every scene she was in, Helena Bonham Carter was sincerely charming to watch, Rhianna and Mindy Kaling both had a strong sense of confidence and swagger and Cate Blanchett carried the film when it needed it most. Sandra Bullock was the weak link here, I chalk it up to awful casting. She just doesn’t have the chops to pull off such a subtly straight cool character. Instead it unfortunately just came off as a boring straight-laced lead character. Ladies, you deserved better from Hollywood, hopefully Ocean’s 9 treats the material with more integrity.

Writing: 4/10
Direction: 4/10
Cinematography: 6/10
Acting: 8/10
Editing: 5/10
Sound: 8/10
Score/Soundtrack: 6/10
Production Design: 9/10
Casting: 7/10
Effects: 7/10

Overall Score: 6.4/10

Ranking Order:
Ocean’s Eleven – 9.0/10
Ocean’s Thirteen – 8.3/10
Ocean’s 8 – 6.4/10
Ocean’s Twelve – 6.2/10