A cool band of criminals, a smoothly executed grand heist and flawless costumes
Ocean’s 8, by Hunger Games director Gary Ross, gives glossy Hollywood entertainment a good name.
It’s fully loaded with Anne Hathaway’s comedic chops – her cunning movie-star character is the film’s secret weapon – and various high-profile cameos (Heidi Klum, Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashian, you name it), it packs in plenty of glitz beyond its diamonds and sequinned designer gowns.
Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, an ex-con proudly filling the shoes of her brother Danny (George Clooney, here only in spirit).
She masterminds a complex scheme to steal a majestic Cartier necklace at New York’s elite fundraiser the Met Gala.
Among her recruits are former associate Lou (an impeccably-suited Cate Blanchett) and the eccentric fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), who’s yearning to resurrect her waning career by dressing Daphne Kluger (Hathaway) for the exclusive event.
Also in the squad are Mindy Kaling’s jewellery connoisseur, Sarah Paulson’s Vogue insider, Awkwafina’s sly con and the ultra-charismatic hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna, like you’ve never seen before.)
Ocean’s 8 sticks to the formula, though it never quite matches the breezy vigour of the Soderbergh-directed trilogy, but the jokes land and there’s a satisfying twist to bring down the curtain.
And, hey, resisting its mischievous spirit is simply impossible. So follow this first-rate ensemble’s lead, slip into something fabulous and join the fun.
Action, Comedy, Crime
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
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