By John Mulderig
Eleven years after the death of Danny Ocean, the main character of Ocean’s trilogy – Deborah (Debbie) Ocean, Danny’s sister, played by Sandra Bullock, was released on parole for a crime she did not commit and was set up by her then-boyfriend Claude Becker, played by Richard Armitage.
Having spent time in jail for the past five years of her life, Debbie plans her masterpiece of a crime, stealing a necklace owned by Cartier worth $150 million from diva-like actress Daphne Kluger’s neck, played by Anne Hathaway at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala.
She then recruits eight women including her partner in crime Lou Miller, played by Australia’s Cate Blanchett.
The rest of the cast involved A-list names such as Rihanna as the “IT” girl, Leslie/Nine Ball, Helena Bonham Carter as fashion designer Rose Weil, Mindy Kaling as jewellery maker Amita, Sarah Paulson as a suburban mom and experienced profiteer, Awkwafina as a thief named Constance, and James Corden as insurance fraud investigator John Frazier.
Compared to its precedent trilogy, the plot and storyline of the movie are much simpler and easier to digest by the audience, precisely female viewers.
Grown viewers willing to treat larceny as nonchalantly as do director and co-writer Gary Ross and his script collaborator Olivia Milch also will get a healthy dose of witty humour and an eyeful of glamour.
However, frankly, the chemistry between Blanchett and Bullock felt off, and Hathaway is the only one who gave colour to the movie.
It felt like the Ocean’s trilogy was remade with an all-female cast to promote feminism in the light of the #metoo movement, wanting to be funny but not quite hitting the mark.
The smart humour did not hit the real issues in Hollywood, and the cast mix should be more comedic.
Moreover, this is not a romp for the impressionable since the moral equivalent of suspending disbelief is required to join in the fun.
Besides some salty talk in the dialogue, moreover, one plot development depends on Claude’s taste for being bound to his bedstead.
This film contains a vengeance theme, a bedroom scene involving handcuffs, brief nonmarital sensuality, drug use, a couple of profanities and at least one rough and several crude terms.
The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.