In Hollywood, when a formula works, it seems that it's the norm to stick with it. There have been many successful Oceans movies, with great ensemble casts, with each actor seemingly matched with the characteristic that will make their role in the heist successful. This happened again with the girl power version in Ocean's 8.
The strong cast led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchette had brains and beauty and a smart plan to rob the Met Gala! It was a little predictable, the con within the con with one revenge factor thrown in, and the cast of characters adding their own quirks. It was a little choppy for me that it jumped from person to person without really finishing their role, Amita played by Mindy Kaling, was responsible for splitting the diamond necklace into parts but we really didn't get to see that played out. And Sarah Paulson played Tammy, the seemingly suburban housewife, who was the master fence, securing and moving the goods, we never really understood how she was able to pull all of that off!
The story carried you along, a little predictably as I mentioned, but it didn't have enough pitfalls or snags, which I think it needed, as everything went off without a hitch. This was reasonable since Debbie Ocean stated that she had 5 years to plan it while in jail. She was masterful in getting everything she needed after being released with $45 in her pocket; her team, some money, and the perfect venue. I loved how she was able to get a hotel room by walking by someone who was checking out and calling back to say her flight was cancelled! The hotel never blinked an eye.
All of the actors were great, Anne Hathaway is always fun to watch, her expressive face. She was good in this part. And her trying to run in that dress to the bathroom - Priceless. Rihanna is playing this acting thing right, not over saturating herself and taking quirky roles that make her stand out. She was wonderful in that dress! The men were good as well, even though they were in the background. Each did a good job as the security guards trying to protect the necklace and insurance investigator who turns out to be on Debbie's side in the end. Shake my head.
All in all, it's worth watching, expect to be entertained but there wasn't really anything new. I think if there is a follow-up movie, they could highlight each character more to add a new slant to the team heist movie troupe. And the celebrity cameos could have been longer but it's interesting to see who you can identify at the Ball, at the dinner table and when they show the seating chart. See if you can pick out some famous names. Absolutely worth the popcorn and drink for the show!