Haiku Review: Ocean’s Eight

Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch
Directed by Gary Ross

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.


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

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

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


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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