|Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter in Ocean's 8 (Warner Bros.)|
MOVIE REVIEWGosh it’s great to see Sandra Bullock again in the movies. Most of us fell in love with her when she appeared as a fairly no-name actress appearing alongside Keanu Reeves in 1994’s Speed. Her wit and comedic timing was well noted and has served her well. However, we haven’t seen Bullock in quite a while. Her last two appearances were in 2015 when she starred in Our Brand is Crisis (a film I did not see) and voiced the villain Scarlet Overkill in the animated Minions. She is such a talented actress and her onscreen presence is overdue. She leads Ocean’s 8, which is a spin-off of the former Oceans movies (11, 12 and 13) that starred George Clooney and friends. Here, Bullock plays Clooney’s sister, Debbie Ocean who proves that the heist businesses is in the family blood. Clooney appears in this film (but in photo only) and Reuben (Elliott Gould), one of her brother’s band of merry men, appears briefly, but these two are the only real connection to the former movies. This is Debbie’s/Sandra’s show.
|Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Sandra Bullock|
Unlike other heist movies, Ocean’s 8 is pretty easy to understand and is delightful all the way through, although it does seem strange to be rooting for the “bad girls.” And despite the fact that this movie stars a large cast of women, this wouldn’t be what I would call a chick flick nor is it an anti-men movie. (It is an anti-MAN movie however in that Debbie has a score to settle with one particular guy.) Most of the roles could have been easily cast with men, but in a way, it is like the former Ocean’s movies but from a woman’s perspective. Who knew feminism could be so much fun?
|Kate Blanchett and Rihanna (Warner Bros.)|
Gary Ross’ direction is spot on and is accentuated with Eigil Bryld’s clever direction of photography and Daniel Pemberton’s fantastic musical score and a handful of well-selected pop tunes including Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking.” The movie is also fairly clean too with few curse words. Perhaps the only downsides is that the last 15 minutes or so feel a little of place and tacked on. And Kim Kardashian’s brief cameo. Other cameos include Marlo Thomas, various fashion icons and the inside of a Subway sandwich shop.