Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala in "Ocean's Eight." Photo courtesy Warner Bros.
Rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content. One hour, 50 minutes.
Publication date: Jun. 8, 2018
Review by Peter Canavese
This year's Met Gala went off without a hitch, and now, a month later, "Ocean's Eight" is invading the most exclusive party in America to create a little chaos and make off with millions in jewelry. As the title suggests, "Ocean" is a spin off -- and also a sequel to -- Steven Soderbergh's 2000s trio of heist films: "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." But this time, the women are the masterminds with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) taking the lead. Just released from a five-year stretch in a New Jersey prison, Debbie immediately recruits her best friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to partner in the heist. Helena Bonham Carter (as a fashion designer in need of a win), Rihanna (as the requisite hacker extraordinaire), Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project"), Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story"), and Awkwafina (of Warner's upcoming "Crazy Rich Asians") join them."Ocean's Eight" doesn't quite manage the snap of Soderbergh's films, but composer Daniel Pemberton obligingly kicks out some cool jazz, enough for a Pavlovian response in the good company of a strong ensemble.