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Published June 11th 2018
Firstly, I want to say that I hate remakes, reboots and re-imaginings with a passion, especially with unnecessary re castings of roles with particular groups of persons like women etc. But 'Ocean's 8', whatever you call it - sequel or re-imagining - is faultless, as flawless as the diamond necklace they want to steal in the film.
On paper the cast of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Akwafina and Helena Bonham Carter should not work, but it does. If you don't like some of these stars, or all of them, believe me in this film you have no reason to not love them. They all work together like a well oiled machine and, to me, even better than the group of male stars in the previous ones. This film proves that a cast of all female characters doesn't come off more bitchy and erratic than a cast of men.
The acting is the best I've ever seen of any of theses actors do and there are Oscar award winners amongst them. The acting, writing, dialogue, plotting, directing, editing, even pacing, are all perfect and entertaining and so much easier to follow than not only the male versions of Ocean's but any other heist movie I've ever seen before. In fact, the film may be so clear in its execution that I dare anyone seeing it to not plot - in their own heads only, of course - the possibilities of such heists themselves. And because of this the only minor downside I can possibly mention is that it is slightly lower in suspense than other similar films, except the aspect of will Danny Ocean/George Clooney make an appearance? Is he alive? I'm not telling. But hey, everything else is so perfect you can't help but be entertained from beginning to finish.
If you think it may also not be full of comedy then just wait for the appearance of James Corden (as one of the best comic reliefs I've ever seen in any film) playing an insurance agent. He isn't bumbling or silly though; it is actually a great nuanced performance. Dare I say he steals the show (you can decide if that pun is intended or not). His personality and talents are perfectly cast for the film. If you're not familiar with Corden and his talk show check out a sketch he did with the cast from his show here.
James Corden and Sandra Bullock courtesy Imdb
Even the soundtrack is perfect. It's not too much, not too loud, not distracting. The timing of the music and some amazing, perfectly placed songs are also ideal.
Please do yourself a favour and go and see this diamond of a film.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and Awkwafina in Ocean's Eight (2018) courtesy Imdb