“In three and a half weeks, the Met will be hosting its annual ball, celebrating its new costume exhibit, and we are going to rob it. Not the ball itself, but a very important set of diamonds that will be attending the ball.” – Debbie Ocean
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – The sister of Danny Ocean plans a heist after she is released from prison.
My Take on it – This is a film that follows in the footsteps of other remakes that rely on switching the gender of the main characters in the hope that it will help the cause of women worldwide to be more appreciated.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that the premise itself is quite interesting and clever, the execution just doesn’t manage to follow through.
The cast is great and filled with A-listers like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchette and Anne Hathaway in key roles, yet they just don’t manage to keep things as intriguing as their male counterparts did in the previous 4 films (including the original) perhaps because it feels too forced in the way they wanna show that they can make just as good a film as they did.
Things unfortunately feel too recycled here and nothing feels unique and original like it should.
Th heist itself is done in a clever fashion yet once things begin to spiral out of control half way through, it gets even more ridiculous seeming.
Hollywood’s attempt to gender bend successful film hasn’t worked well enough yet and this film and Ghostbusters (2016) are prime examples of what not to do.
The question of what to do is still being discussed obviously since this is not the way to go.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work as well as the previous films in the series. Great all-star cast led by Bullock and Blanchette but things just feel as if they are being recycled here. The idea to remake successful films with female instead of male characters isn’t working as well as one would hope and I think that they have sort of missed the point here. The heist itself is done quite cleverly but the way that things spiral out of control is a bit much along the way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The eight main cast has won four Oscars, two Emmys, nine Grammys, six Golden Globes, five BAFTAs, and 10 SAGs combined. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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