Ocean’s 8 has some big shoes to fill — size 10-1/2 to be specific (yes, I’m talking about George Clooney’s shoes). Luckily, as Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie Ocean, Sandra Bullock fills them out perfectly, but in her own distinct way. It’s like she’s been part of the franchise all along.
The movie starts as Debbie Ocean is released from doing a five-year stint in prison. During her incarceration, she used her time to plan the perfect heist down to the smallest detail. She’s after a famous Cartier necklace called the Toussaint that’s been locked in a basement for 50 years. Its value? A cool $150 million. Her plan is to get the Toussaint on an actor for the Met Gala in New York and pull the old switcheroo.
Debbie reaches out to her old pal Lou (Cate Blanchett) and they assemble a rag-tag team of women that includes Helena Bonham Carter as fashion designer Rose Weil, Rihanna as a computer hacker called Nine Ball, Mindy Kaling as gemologist Amita, Awkwafina as a sleight-of-hand pickpocket named Constance and Sarah Paulson as Tammy, a thief who can fence anything. These are some of the finest actors in the world, and it’s a whole lot of fun to see them in a heist movie, sticking together and making magic happen.
So, let’s get to the five reasons you’ll want to see this movie opening weekend.
1. Debbie Ocean’s genius plan that relies on sexism
Debbie’s plan to steal the necklace in the middle of the Met Gala is brash, ambitious and seemingly impossible. But there’s a fascinating reason why it will work. In the film, she says, “A ‘him’ gets noticed. A ‘her’ gets ignored. And for once, we want to be ignored.” Meaning that people notice men first and foremost and overlook women all the time every day. Who would ever suspect a woman could pull of such a bold heist? It’s the same reason women make the best spies, because they can fly under the radar, so to speak. It’s sexist for sure, but that’s what makes it such a clever concept. Debbie uses society’s blind spot to her advantage. Brilliant.
2. The Met Gala vibrantly reimagined
Located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the Metropolitan Museum of Art spans four city blocks and is the largest museum in the United States. The filmmakers were allowed to shoot in the actual museum at night after the doors closed at 5:30 p.m. But more than adding authenticity to the film, it made for an absolutely stunning location for a heist film. Sometimes in movies, locations become their own characters. Considering the theme of the Gala was European royalty, the Met became a fabulous 17th century French queen. The location also allowed the characters to wear fabulous designer gowns and jewels. On top of that, there were some great cameo appearances like Kim Kardashian West, Matt Damon and Katie Holmes. But the scene in which Sandra Bullock speaks German to Heidi Klum was simply delicious.
3. Cate Blanchett’s emerald beaded jumpsuit
Emerald jumpsuits are going to be all the rage this summer. Just wait for it. Instead of a traditional ball gown, Givenchy created this David Bowie-esque jumpsuit for Blanchett, and it’s incredible. Green is the color of money, of course, and it works so well thematically in this movie. We searched the interwebs for a pic, but alas, you’re just going to have to see the film to get a glimpse of the jumpsuit in all its glory.
4. Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil
5. The blink-&-you’ll-miss-it romance
Bullock and Blanchett have such good chemistry on-screen, it’s really easy to argue that there’s a good amount of sexual tension between them. There are no awkward kisses or any obvious references to their attraction to each other, but it felt to me as if love was in the air. There’s an intensity in the way in which they look at each other, rely on each other and distrust each other that feels like they could be lovers.