Film Review: Ocean’s 8

Fans of those other Ocean’s movies may watch this one just out of curiosity. For me, the star-studded cast was enough reason to venture outside on quite a chilly evening (yip, it’s winter in South Africa). Oh, and because I just spent the past month working at a women’s magazine, I’m all like ‘girl power!’ and stuff : )

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The story
Surprise! The women plan to steal something extremely valuable. In this case, jewels. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is fresh out of prison and determined to set this plan in motion.

It’s fun to watch her recruit the seven (plus her, makes eight) and discover what each person brings to the table. In addition to their main roles, they slip in and out of additional tasks easily, as one would expect from resourceful women such as themselves. Humorous dialogue had me giggling throughout the film.

Their path to wealth is dotted with a few hiccups. Of course. But, why was Debbie in prison in the first place? Will they get away with this plan, and if so, who will take the fall ‘on their behalf’?

Blast from the past
The movie copies from storylines in the rest of the franchise with certain scenes, dialogue and even style of clothes that will give some moviegoers a little bit of déjà vu. A few familiar faces also make an appearance.

A red carpet feast
Spoiler Alert:
If you’d like to be surprised in terms of other A-listers gracing the stage (as themselves) with their presence, so to speak, skip this paragraph. I’ve already mentioned the main cast members – look out for Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson – but it doesn’t end here. Some of Hollywood’s finest, including Katie Holmes, Heidi Klum, Serena Williams, Kim K and the Jenner sisters also make an appearance.

Wondering how they got these well-knowns to play extras? According to, director Gary Ross told Cinemablend, “We realized these people wouldn’t come and be normal extras in a holding pen for eight hours, so we created a club upstairs in The Met in their member’s dining room at night. We called it ‘Club Oceans’ and it was a party of all famous people hanging out, having a good time.” To have been a fly on that wall!

The clothes, oh, the clothes!
Kudos to costume designer Sarah Edwards who has really outdone herself with the wardrobe. A wide variety of designs ensure a true feast for the senses. So, if you’re still looking for a reason to watch this film, do it for the clothes (provided you’re into that sort of thing)! You won’t be disappointed.

On the whole, I enjoyed this film. It was star-studded, entertaining, filled with beautiful outfits and funny! Watch this movie if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted. I give it a solid 7/10.

Click here to see the Ocean’s 8 movie trailer.

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