Gets a Ten
By Macky Macarayan
If you’re thinking that Ocean’s 8 is just a gender swapped Ocean’s Eleven, then you’re missing out on all the fun. Not only is this spinoff a fashionable and funny caper, but also a showcase of the individual comedic talents of its fascinating characters. We loved every moment of this two-hour parade of style, wit and attitude, and here’s why you will too:
Sandra Bullock as Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean (he does not appear here). At the start of the film, we see Debbie get released from prison and plan a heist soon afterward, just like at the start of Ocean’s Eleven. Bullock is the mastermind of everything that occurs in this film, a cool and calculating planner that keeps tabs on every detail. Stripped down, Bullock plays Debbie Ocean as Sandra Bullock, the quirky, sarcasm-laden character we saw in films like Miss Congeniality, The Proposal and Two Weeks Notice. We’re not complaining. We love classic Sandra.
Cate Blanchett times 100
Okay, one criticism that can be thrown against Cate Blanchett’s Lou is that she doesn’t have any back story at all, apart from her shady business of diluting vodka with water. But when you’re always dressed like you’re going to be photographed, even when you’re just going to buy vinegar at the store (if you know what we mean), then we can probably forgive the poor characterization. Plus, it’s Cate Blanchett. She can play a rock and not do anything and still win an Oscar. No wonder even Kristen Stewart was mesmerized at Cannes.
Anne Hathaway plays the diva celebrity in full camp mode
Anne Hathaway plays Daphne Kluger, a celebrity who becomes an unwitting pawn in the Met Gala heist. Embracing the campiness of the role, Hathaway makes every gesture, line, and facial expression as exaggerated as can be. She’s the Andy Garcia of the movie, a seemingly clueless player, but with tricks up her sleeve too.
Who dressed Helena Bonham-Carter? Tim Burton?
We know, we know. Bonham-Carter and Burton broke up, but we can’t help seeing the former through her many incarnations in the latter’s films. Perhaps the most over-the-top of all the characters in Ocean’s 8, Bonham-Carter’s Rose Weil, a disgraced fashion designer, is also the most fun. One of our favorite scenes is when she tries to copy the specs of the Cartier diamond necklace through her eyeglasses, which ends up in thrilling hilarity. One plot hole we noticed though is that why didn’t Rose wear her own design to the Met Gala, since she’s the designer in the group?