Ocean’s 8 (2018)

  • Gist: Comedy heist film about a group of women who plot to steal a priceless diamond neckless from the neck of a snooty socialite during the Met Gala.
  • Production: Directing, design, script, and music are all good, but like the earlier Oceans, this one rides on characterization, so…
  • Hathaway: I never hate on the Hathaways, now less than ever. A good sport clearly loving being the most obnoxious version of herself.
  • Bullock: “Out there somewhere is a little girl aspiring to be a criminal some day. Let’s do this for her!”
  • Blanchett: How does she look great wearing ANYthing doing ANYthing?? Definite sorcery.
  • Kaling: Sure, so far she’s always the same character, but it’s a warm, earthy character that fits well because it’s such a good balance to Hollywood typicals.
  • Paulson: Not-Kristen-Wiig gets the Identify-with-a-Bored-Soccer-Mom slot and owns it.
  • Awkwafina: Is that her real name? (Yes but No; it’s an alter ego.) Oh, I remember now I’ve seen her in 3 or 4 other things already. Oh, and she raps, I see! Songs like…Oh. Oh, my. Wow! I’m not likely to forget her again.
  • Rihanna: Sorry, but I think Rihanna is a solid character actor. I liked her in silly-but-enjoyable Battleship, silly-but-enjoyable This Is the End, and even in just-silly Valerian. Ocean’s 8 is her best bit yet.
  • Helena Bonham Carter: The granddaughter of Lady Violet Asquith Bonham Carter and Eduardo Propper de Callejon can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. Even when clowning, she’s magnificent.

Conclusion: See it; it’s a ton of fun!