[Review] Ocean’s 8: Without weapon, nor hatred… nor panache


11 years after Ocean’s 13, the last opus of the franchise trilogy started in 2001, the Ocean family presents Debbie to us. After 5 years in prison to foment a new plan, Danny’s sister intends to pay homage to her brother by perpetrating a heist as daring as it seems impossible.

Breathless franchise, which ended up wallowing in ease, its 100% feminine reboot promises to bring a new and saving wind thanks to this new band of queens of the robbery. Some will say that the #MeToo movement has been there, but it is not since the project was launched 5 years ago. The point is, it comes at the right time.

Steven Soderbergh, at the helm in the previous trilogy, leaves the director’s chair to Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games , to keep only the production.

As for the story, it is sewn with white thread: Five years, eight months, 12 days… and the counter is still running! This is how long it took Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) to stage the biggest heist of her life, while giving her ex a change.

To achieve this heist, he must recruit a shock team. Starting with his “partner” Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they hire a small group of experts: Amita (Mindy Kaling), the jeweler, Constance (Awkwafina), the con artist, Tammy (Sarah Paulson), the receiver, Nine Ball (Rihanna), the hacker and Rose (Helena) Boham Carter), the fashion designer. The coveted booty is a river of diamonds, Le Toussaint, straight out of the workshops of French jeweler Cartier, and worth $ 150 million.

It is therefore a reinforced concrete plan. Provided that everything is linked without the slightest error of course.

Like its elder, a star cast has been called for the film. A female counterpart to longtime friend George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, who bears the film and the franchise name, is a no-brainer. The rest of the cast, eclectic and colorful is modeled on what made the salt of the previous ones.

Surprises? What surprises?
And maybe that’s the problem with Ocean’s 8 , it’s Ocean. From A to Z. Casting, humor, editing, rhythm, introduction of the characters, successful robbery, flashback , turnaround, and even the music, there are NO surprises. If it is not a few former members of the Danny gang who sign an appearance (we will not tell you more), and more.

So of course, it’s rhythmic, we do not get bored, but the interest of the film remains unresolved. Bullock and Blanchett have fun and mimic the Clooney / Pitt duo, Anne Hathaway is perfect as an undrinkable diva and Sarah Paulson excels at playing the mothers of a family, concealer in her condition, who does not want to put away cars. Certainly. However, the characters are sorely lacking in depth. Everyone has their quarter of an hour of fame, in the city of Andy Warhol is the least of things, but it all remains on the surface. It is not enough to deck Rihanna with a Rastafarian bob, joint in hand and computer on her knees to make her credible as a hacker, or see Awkwafina steal her watch from an onlooker to make her an ace of the hacker . Or to summon a gang of girls who did not know each other the minute before to make a squad.

And the host of stars – Serena Williams, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munns, Heidi Klum, Kim K, Kendall Jenner, the Hadid sisters and other Instagram models – who are seen parading during the MET gala where the heist is to take place, will not change anything. What is especially lacking in this film is a real antagonist. A good old villain worthy of the name, as Andy Garcia had been able to be in Terry Benedict in the first part.

A sequel much too easy
Here apart from a tasteless Cupid (we wonder what she could have found for him) and a French jeweler who is being rolled in flour (not without having offered himself a most glamorous product placement), Debbie Ocean and his gang did not meet any real opposition. Not even the insurance inspector dispatched to Cartier and played by James Corden. That is to say. Everything is easy. Desperately too easy. Hopefully the next Ocean’s (9 and 10) will be more ambitious, because there is little doubt that Warner Bros will be content with just one opus, when Ocean’s 8 had the best start of the saga (Hi Georgi!).

So yes, we have a good time, but with a feeling of déjà vu a little too present. At the end of the film, Debbie clinks to her brother’s health, predicting that she would have liked the shot. We doubt it. The panache of Ocean’s 11 (the best) seems far away.