Taken from IMDB most of these have spoilers.
Mediocre Movie, Poor Reboot
As a standalone movie, this wasn't any worse than most of the stuff Hollywood produces (on-the-surface interesting characters who lack depth, forced comic relief, predictable plot progression) but as a continuation of the Ocean series, this falls very flat. The connections to previous movies felt like they were just thrown in so they could say it was part of the series. Why/how did Danny die? Either they left it out for a sequel (which makes bringing it up here pointless) or they couldn't think of a way to incorporate it which makes including it a poor writing decision. Why is he 'buried' in NY when he clearly spent his time in Las Vegas? The only other connection it had to the previous movies were the cameos, which, again, why were those who lived in Vegas in the previous 3 movies all of sudden in NY?
Overall, this movie lacks the character and spirit of the previous Ocean movies which is it's ultimate downfall. Were this a separate movie, it could just be chalked up as your standard Hollywood mediocrity, but being connected with the Ocean franchise, this is ultimately a disappointment.
Nothing goes wrong
Literally. Their jewellery heist is so perfectly planned after 5 years 8months and 12 days give or take for nothing to go absolutely wrong. Like this is not a action or crime movie. It's a drama with an all star female cast that work well together so they don't have any problems...
Recommend just watching it when it comes to DVD or Netflix
8 lacks the wit, brilliance, pace, style & sophistication as 11 & 13
The wit, brilliance, pace and style the audience loved from Ocean's 11 and then again in Ocean's 13 is what brought us to Ocean's 8. Unfortunately, it was closer to Ocean's 12. Sister to Danny, Debbie Ocean leaves prison on parole only to find herself immediately recruiting to pull off a jewel heist from the Met Gala.
The movie opens with an opening plot twist and then closes with the same, leaving you wondering if it is indeed true.
Compared to the the Vegas Ocean movies, this movie lacked everything that made those two special. 8 was predictable, slow and presented no style or sophistication. And that's sad because Bullock and Hathaway played their characters to the best of the script. Even with two cameo's this movie didn't make the heist.
One of many screaming plot holes that exemplifies the film
The following contains a spoiler that shouldn't ruin the film but can color your reasons why you should lower your expectations to the floor. So this caper to pull of stealing a necklace worth over $100 million is secured around the neck of the wearer by some super strong and special magnet. Somehow it's just a piece of cake for these women to create something that will unlock this magnetized lock with barely even a look at it. That alone was beyond unbelievable. Easiest way to break a unique magnetic lock? Introduce a girl from the hood who is a "genius" and just knows what it is and how to just disable it with some ultra hip words. OK... let's assume you even buy into that nonsense...
During the caper, the priceless and most valuable necklace in the world just some how is presumed to have "fallen off" - yet no one seriously questions how absolutely impossible this would or should be. This could be the LAZIEST script writing ever.
Obviously a cash grab that wastes lots of talent in this film that could go straight to video and no one would miss it.
So many missed opportunities. The only character who made me laugh the entire movie was James Corden. He didn't arrive until 3/4 through the movie. Ocean's 11 was fun. This was not fun. The characters didn't appear to be having fun. I didn't believe that these women even liked each other.
Only 2 cameos from the 2001 Ocean's cast, and they had to be the least expensive of everyone they could have gotten.
I didn't believe for a single moment that Sandy B. was Danny's brother.
In 2001, the cast was made up of the A-list of all A-lists. Clooney, Pitt, and Damon where the biggest movie stars in the world. That's not what we got for this version.
Too many missed opportunities.
Can Hollywood come up with something new.
When you remake the same movie and turn all the males into females it doesn't become something amazing.
Hathaway's screwball performance toys wickedly with star-system self-parody and keeps the movie chugging along. But it does little more than chug. The Movie was just a bland carbon copy of Ocean's 11. Save the 15 dollars you would spend at the movies and go buy the OG films on blu-ray.
Formula makes this baby stink.
Let's get to the point. It's not a comedy, because it isn't funny. It is not action/drama because the action consists of a woman puking and the drama is only a matter of how long she will do that.
This sucker has more formula than the Kroger's baby food section.
A couple of white chicks, a spacey Brit chick, a weird Asian chick, a black computer savy chick (the same one as in Black Panther), some other chicks whose only jobs are to hand stuff off to each other and talk into ear buds, and an Asian acrobat dude make up most of the cast. It's like any of the other Ocean's movies except it isn't as entertaining and lacks any sort of energy. The women aren't even dressed well enough to be eye candy.
This is a caper without the tart flavor.
This is rainy-day, stay-at-home, TV-quality movie stuff. It will be available in the stores and for download before Labor Day if not the 4th of July.
When the credits rolled at the end, I was the one who had been robbed.
Ocean's as predictable as the tide.
In the early 30's actress Kay Francis, was the biggest female star on The Warner's lot. With not much range and hampered with a lisp I wondered where the popularity lay given she was being paid five times as much as other contract player Bette Davis. After some research it turns out it was Kay's perfect model figure that allowed her the ability to wear the right frocks and look great that spoke to her largely female draw. In Ocean's Eight we are presented with a "Tiny Town' dynamic as a bunch of pretty and stylish ladies get all dressed up and spout cliche dialogue that features a lot of flash and bling but amounts to a rather abrasive chic flic/caper film hybrid that comes across as a Sorority House presentation of The Asphalt Jungle. It's a Kay Francis film but with half a dozen women providing the fashion show this time.
Debbie Ocean, Danny's sis, finishes her prison bid and like the Beat Poet says "let time do for you" she has devised a plan for the diamond heist of, yes, the century at a Met Gala. Selecting a diverse crew of female stereotypes they go to work and put on a fashion show.
Eight's script is strictly paint by the numbers so it does not over reach or for that matter offer up cutting edge suspense and surprise. The girls for the most part are sweet adorable and cool and that's where the caper part weakens, since there can be no room for an ugly loose cannon like James Whitmore (Jungle) and Tim Carey (The Killing) to offer edge and uncertainty. Bullock as the head of the operation just doesn't cut it especially when Cate Blanchette would be truer as ringleader in a caper film but with the emphasis on chic flick the films possibilities remain limited. Anne Hathaway as the target is wonderfully surly in moments and Helen Bonham Carter steals a scene or two but overall it is a split decision for the film; inoffensive fluff chick flick vs. abysmal flaccid caper. Ocean's Eight is strictly for Kay Francis fans.
Stop co-opting and gender-flipping popular franchises if you want good ratings.
There was no reason this movie needed to be an Ocean's movie, and it probably would have scored better if people went in without expectations.
When you change everything about a franchise that people really like, you have to score way above average. Yes, you potentially get more eyeballs from name recognition, but you get lower scores if you don't slam it out of the park, since you're being compared with something popular.
We liked it quite a lot
Predictable? Of course, it's an Ocean's XXX caper movie. You know exactly what is going to happen....until you don't.
Liked the women (although I've read some snarky comments about all women shows recently that are more annoying than true). And liked the nods to the older Ocean's shows as well as the return of certain members.
The celebrity walk-on's were fun. The gowns and jewels dazzling. Solid performances from all the principles.
If caper is your thing, you'll want to add this to your watching.
Great, fun film!
I wasn't expecting it to, but this was surprisingly great! I can't believe it was almost 2 hours long, it felt incredibly short and i honestly wanted more!
The plot isn't anything new or special, we actually have seen this same story a million times before, but it's the cast, the characters, the pacing, the (also surprisingly good) comedy, between other elements that makes this so good!
Also, everyone is so great!! I'm just surprised of this film and how much i loved it. I would recommend seeing this at theatres, it's actually a lot of fun!