Haiku Review: Ocean’s Eight

Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch
Directed by Gary Ross


SYNOPSIS
Upon being released from prison, Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie assembles a crew to help her pull off a heist at the annual Met Gala.


HAIKU REVIEW

Great Cast Chemistry;
But Can’t Distinguish Itself;
From Its Parent Films.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
**Pickup at Redbox Upon Release**

Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

These notes have been played before. And while they are fun to hear, the magic isn’t quite there after so many spins. It makes sense to do an all-female version of this franchise, and the fact that the script avoided ham-fisted girl power messages and let the story play out on its own merits was something I greatly appreciated, but the spark isn’t bright enough. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun movie (especially for a date night, whether at the theater or on the couch), but it just can’t shoulder the weight of the original trilogy. It’s not a question of star power, because this is a heavyweight cast, but the lack of Steven Soderbergh’s direction, Stephen Mirrione’s editing touch and a David Holmes score are very noticeable. Bullock and Blanchett do a good job in, essentially, the Danny and Rusty roles, I just wish they had quipped more to either establish or hint at a deeper rapport. This is the kind of fun, harmless flick that does most things well, but does nothing great.


 

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