Heist sadly misses a sparkling flour­ish

Sunday Tasmanian - - News | Reviews -

A POS­I­TIVE fuss quite rightly greeted news that there was to be an all-fe­male re­boot of the Ocean’s Eleven fran­chise.

How­ever, now that Ocean’s 8 is fi­nally here, there is lit­tle more fuss that needs to be made.

Un­for­tu­nately, this markedly av­er­age movie softly fiz­zles when it should in­tensely sparkle.

While the “modern’’, male­cen­tric tril­ogy of Ocean pro­duc­tions were first and fore­most heist movies, they were also hang­out movies.

In a corny yet catchy way, it was kinda cool to be cruis­ing along with Ge­orge Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Da­mon and their posse, for­ever crack­ing wise while crack­ing safes.

Sadly, the all-im­por­tant hang­out fac­tor never re­ally comes into play once you’ve sized up the Ocean’s 8 line-up.

For a pro­duc­tion har­ness­ing star power of con­sid­er­able lu­mi­nos­ity — from San­dra Bul­lock and Cate Blanchett through to Anne Hath­away, Ri­hanna and a rov­ing pack of cameo-ing cou­ture queens — it is dis­ap­point­ing to see how lit­tle a glow comes off hap­pen­ings here.

It is cer­tainly no fault of any in­di­vid­ual cast mem­ber, nor the gath­ered ensem­ble as a whole.

The blame for the mid­dling out­come of Ocean’s 8 can only be lev­elled at a drab, tightly for­mat­ted screen­play.

San­dra Bul­lock is Deb­bie Ocean, younger sis­ter of Ge­orge Clooney’s now dearly de­parted Danny, and thereby the brains of the new movie’s jewel-snatching out­fit.

Deb­bie is fresh out of jail and wants back in on the gem­grab­bing biz, so she quickly ap­points Lou (Cate Blanchett) as her sec­ond-in-com­mand and all-round cyn­i­cal sound­ing board.

Soon enough, the pair en­list the ser­vices of a ditzy Irish fash­ion de­signer (He­lena Bon­ham Carter), a tough-talk­ing hacker (Ri­hanna, wasted here just frown­ing at a lap­top), a hap­pygo-lucky stone cut­ter (Mindy Kal­ing) and a few oth­ers.

From here, all roads lead to New York’s fa­bled Met Gala, where these law-breakin’ ladies will be look­ing to lift a $150 mil­lion neck­lace off the throat of a trend-set­ting celeb (Hath­away).

The heist it­self is func­tion­ally sat­is­fy­ing, but not all that ex­cit­ing. The stakes just never seem all that high, es­pe­cially when the film­mak­ers must keep down­ing tools to cram in some crummy walk-ons from the likes of Maria Shara­pova, Katie Holmes, Ser­ena Wil­liams and Anna Win­tour.

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