Five Reasons You’ll Love It - October 21, 2018

Ocean’s 8 - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Ocean’s 8 - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

With takings of almost $1.2 billion across three movies, the Ocean’s trilogy was always red meat for a Hollywood hungry for bankable franchises to reboot, but the new take that arrives this week has its own distinct flavour.

The movie stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, with Richard Armitage and James Corden in supporting roles.

Gary Ross, director of the first Hunger Games movie, takes charge of the reboot, working from a screenplay from Queen & Country writer Olivia Milch.

There are cameos agogo, with the likes of Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian, Maria Sharapova, Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Zayn Malik, Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Adriana Lima, Hailey Baldwin, Serena Williams, Kylie Jenner and Zac Posen all among the brief appearances you will see in the film.

The movie follows Bullock's Debbie, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean, George Clooney's original mastermind of the series. After being released from prison Debbie attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew.

It arrives on DVD on Monday (October 22nd) and is available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray from hmv’s online store. But, back when it was in cinemas, we caught an early screening and can offer five reasons why you’ll love it...


It’s a lean, punchy thriller…

Coming in at 110 minutes, the movie moves at quite a click, especially as we need to meet all eight of these new heist queens, but the breezy pace and light touch make for a snappy and taut thriller.


The whole team are well cast…

Bullock and Blanchett lead the way here, but there's a good balance in the rest of the cast, from Rihanna's wise-cracking hacker Nine-Ball to Awkwafina's loudmouthed street hustler to Sarah Paulson's elegant Tammy and Anne Hathaway's bratty actress Daphne Kluger, it's a well-cast and well put together team. 



Richard Armitage is a dashing villain...

The Hobbit star plays Claude Becker, a slippery, but very charming art dealer and former boyfriend of Debbie Ocean, a relationship that ended rather badly. With Debbie now out of prison, he's in her sights, can he stay out of trouble...


The Met Gala sequence is a slick marvel...

With the skinny running time, we don't spend a lot of time to getting to know the characters, instead, it all builds to the central heist. Glitzy, glamorous and beautifully shot, it's a huge amount of fun to watch it happen. 


Things are set up nicely for another round...

We won't spoil the ending, but there's definitely potential for a sequel after this movie. The formula laid down by the original Ocean's trilogy is quite simple, just add another member to the crew and keep going. Ocean's 9 and Ocean's 10 are still up for grabs and we'd love to see this crew back together again. 


Ocean’s 8 is available to pre-order on DVD from hmv’s online store, along with the previous Ocean's movies.

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