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Ocean’s Eight Movie Review (2018) | Classy Sans Thrill

One word – Elegant! While this latest Ocean’s adventure might be high on girl power, you can’t ignore the fact how elegant it looks. The cinematographer of Ocean’s Eight movie Eigil Bryld does a tremendous job. Shots in the movie are simply stunning with cameras placed in all the right areas. Not just that, you pay attention to any aspect of the movie and you realize that everything is top grade. From the wardrobe to the execution of dialogues, everything artistically crisp.

The clothes, in particular, you see the characters wearing feel drenched in modish waters. Cate Blanchett as Lou is an eye candy in whatever she slips into. So is the protagonist Debbie Ocean played by Sandra Bullock who can’t stop her kleptomaniacal urges which basically runs in the family. That being the theme on which the plot tries to build itself right from scene one. We will come to that in a sec.

You watch this movie and the words that come out your mouth right away are – CLASSY and STYLISH! So the question is – Is that the movie all about? And most importantly is that enough to make a movie?

The Theme of Ocean’s Eight Movie (Spoilers)

Agreed there are things galore that stand out instantly but what about the plot? What does it constitute?

So basically the story of Ocean’s Eight movie is more inclined towards a heist that Debbie has been planning from behind the bars. The first thing she does is steal as soon as she lays her hands on freedom. Calling her old partner Lou, filling her in on the plan they start executing it. That’s when we get introduced to the rest of the team and an actress forming the eight thus justifying the titles from Steven Soderbergh‘s series.

ocean's eight movie gang five members

The story trundles on with the rest of the team Amita (Mindy Kaling), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter) and Constance (Awkwafina). They are filled in on the plan to rob a $150 million dollar Cartier necklace from the Met Gala. The necklace is to be smartly planted on the neck of a snobbish actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) from where they wish to rob it.

If you are going to have a problem with stealing, then you are not going to like the rest of this conversation.

A Vengeful Subplot

There is a subplot that runs alongside Debbie’s plan. She wishes to get back at her ex Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) for backstabbing her, costing her freedom. Lou is not happy about it, that she might be putting everything in jeopardy but that’s like a minor inconvenience obliterated by Debbie’s confidence.

The real plan gets depicted in execution as the team literally rips the diamond apart and come wearing it into the Gala defiantly. Getting away with it eventually, even replacing the original with a fake. Debbie even plants one of its pieces in Claude’s jacket eventually framing him as the guy responsible for the heist.

James Corden is a pretty surprise in the end who plays an insurance investigator John Frazier who tries to figure out who the culprit is. Even though he knows that Debbie is responsible he doesn’t have anything on her. On being tipped off by her, he sinks his fangs into Claude.

Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling in Ocean's Eight Movie

As is customary, the Ocean’s Eight movie allows the addition of another member to continue the franchise by showing that Daphne is not a dim-witted person after all. That she was at all times conscious of what was being done to her in order to steal the necklace. She decides to not rat out on them and eventually asks for a cut.

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Yet Another Subplot

Towards the end, Ocean’s Eight movie attains new levels of vexation when it tries to show that more heists were performed behind the screen. It’s almost like the producers weren’t too happy with just one heist or with the not-so-impressive storyline that they decided to put in extra weight to the story. It’s like layering it unnecessarily for substance. Even though that just feels completely superfluous that’s been done in order to sound smart. Somehow you end up being not convinced even though they aim for that icing.

The movie ends with the crew doing what they intended to do – spending their money lavishly on things that were important to them. With Debbie sipping a martini in front of her brother’s grave, it tries to say that the legend will continue in one form or the other even without the legend himself.

You would have loved it.

The Final Verdict

Ocean’s Eight aspires to walk on the footsteps of its prequels but fails miserably in terms of how smart they were supposed to portray its heists. Sandra does a great job slipping into the shoes of Danny’s sister wearing that same old sly comfort on her face at all times.

But it feels somehow a let down from what the franchise had fed us so far. Earlier there used to be competition, mind-racking moments that used to have our hearts in our mouths. Au contraire, Ocean’s Eight movie almost makes it all seem really easy. There isn’t that thrill of a heist going wrong but an assurance and conformity of a sure-shot success.

Ocean’s Eight movie tries to blend in some cool jests that keep you riveted into the story and make you want to admire the characters in the story. However, it lacks the aura and the humour that were so eloquently present in Soderbergh’s version, however, leverages on the heist bit. The only thing that is baffling to watch is that there are no close calls or oomph factor that used to be the defining entertainer in Soderbergh’s version vide last year’s Logan Lucky.

It has good music to keep things running, complements the style of theft. Classy in terms of style, elegant in picturization and amusing at times. You can say it is neat, tidy and smooth like a good wine. But then again only if you have an appetite for wines.

Finding Dory Review (2016) | Adorable, Profound and Humorous

A-DOR-able! Finding Dory is as extraordinary as its predecessor in terms of drama, CGI and humour. What it also is, like every other movie in the Pixar universe, an edutainment bandwagon that keeps steering towards the thoughtful learning curve.

Even after more than a decade Pixar manages to bring back the panache of the first. The movie has Dory written all over it, with the heart-melting cuteness of young Dory voiced endearingly by Sloane Murray. Pixar does occasional visits to depict glimpses from the past which gives us plenty of baby Dory to enjoy. Also, it is thoroughly entertaining and packs in humour galore.

still of baby dory in finding dory movie

WHAT IF I FORGET?

There is something about the notion of forgetting, which is profusely poetic. Amnesiac Dory’s inclusion, that started for mere fun in the Nemo franchise, ended up getting a profound treatment, and Pixar has a knack to identify the fervent. There is no doubt humour lurking in things that grind out from someone’s mishap, but to truly live the horror of the fallen is what makes you empathize. Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane milks this very fact with an unrivalled flair as they leave us swimming in the shoes…er…fins of Dory, when her life seems like a lost affair.

THE SHORT MOVIE PIPER

Before we even get on the Finding Dory joyride, we are allowed to feast on a beautiful Pixar short called Piper. The short gorgeously helmed by Alan Barillaro is a visual feat that cashes in on a baby Sandpiper’s life.

still of Piper short by Pixar before Finding Dory movie

There is so much education holed up in those ephemeral 6 minutes that you cannot thank Alan enough to have thought something so winning. I wouldn’t spoil it for ya! Go ahead and watch. You will know!

FINDING DORY SPOILERS SWIMMING AHEAD

Finding Dory’s most powerful moment is when she realizes that her parents could be dead all this time. Also when she percolates out alone with her thoughts, totally clueless of where should she go. It has an element of dark to it, very shattering as she ends up being masticated by dismay. The music touches the melancholic chords there. But just then the reunion happens, and it will fill you up with tears of joy.

still of hank and dory in finding dory movie

The whole team of Dory, starting with Hank, Bailey (watch him use his echolocation skills) and Destiny voiced brilliantly by Ed O’ Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson are all endearing additions to the franchise. They complete the tale helping her out to achieve what she set out for in the first place.

LACKING THE THRILL OF FINDING NEMO

Searching hard for the downside of Finding Dory, we don’t get to see both sides of the coin like we did in the previous installment, so it was harder to relate to what her parents were going through all this time.

Au contraire, in Finding Nemo we were constantly grinding in the distress of a father who had just lost his child. It was adventurous as there were unexplored corners of the ocean, and a whole new enclave to look forward to. Sadly, here everything seems convoluted in one place.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Finding Dory is constantly flinging at us the importance of saving the ocean life, rehabilitating the weaker species and helping them out in dire situations. It is a lesson to those who don’t care.

A beautiful, beautiful movie!

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