After seeing the first trailer for Ocean's 8, I was rooting for this movie. I liked the presumed leads and the original trilogy enough. I was ready for a heist movie that would string me along and be fun to watch. I don't think there is anything wrong with the idea for this movie. Get a group of women to pull off a heist in a fun way to watch. This movie, for the most part, does not achieve this goal.
As it got closer to opening weekend, I could feel the dread growing inside me. The hesitation to see the movie in the first place. The movie starts with a fun sequence where Sandra Bullock, playing Debbie Ocean, gets out of jail and immediately starts stealing again. It's light and playful without too much emphasis on it. That moment quickly ends five minutes into the movie.
The rest of the movie can be described as hard to watch. Other than one gag, the movie was not funny. Unlike other people, I did not expect Ocean's 8 to be a comedy. The reason people might think that the movie was supposed to be a comedy might come down to the fact that it fails to be interesting. The slight comedic moments give the audience something to latch onto creating the illusion of a comedy movie. What does that all mean? The movie is not only pretty boring it is actively bad in some places.
Towards the beginning and end of the movie, the abrupt cutting was really annoying. There was a lot of weird transitions to scenes that didn't fit well together. The entire movie didn't suffer from the crazy editing but did suffer from bad directing. There were so many shots in this movie that were unnecessary. Things like camera movements that were extraneous coupled with an over-reliance on music. The movie would have this upbeat music in really mundane situations to try to make the scene more interesting. There was a scene where a character was walking down some stairs, the music playing made me feel like she was supposed to be cracking open a safe or something.
Ocean's 8 definitely has problems in multiple places. It definitely tries to rally at the end though with an appearance from James Cordon. He brings some much-needed energy to the movie. With his five minutes of screen time, he stood out more than some of the main cast.
You don't have to go to a theater to watch this movie. It doesn't need to be seen on a big screen, but if you're itching to see something, why not. I went with two women who enjoyed the movie more than I did but not by much. I feel like with a new director, this could become a really good trilogy or however big of a cash cow Warner Brothers wants it to be.