Ocean's 8 review - an honestly powerful, fun, girl-power adventure
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Verdict: What could be more overdue that an all-female heist movie? A fantastic, star-studded, amazingly fun must-watch. “A ‘him’ gets interest, a ‘her’ gets ignored. For once, we want to be ignored,” Debbie Ocean tells her partner-in-crime, Lou. This is the simple set-up to the film’s subversive subtext: the leveraging of women’s invisibility as a source of power. Ocean’s 8 certainly may not reinvent the original Ocean’s formula, but it does lend it a distinctive female flair. After all, the film features the infiltration of the most glamorous party of the year, the theft of an antique Cartier necklace valued at $150 million, an abundance of celebrity cameos, and designer outfits to die for. More importantly however, is the subtle joke made throughout, that this team of crooks are pulling off a ‘feminine’ version of the classic Ocean heist not because they find jewellery any more enticing than say, a casino, but rather that their womanhood gives them an advantage in carrying out this particular heist. For instance, when the team’s mark, Anne Hathaway’s wonderful Daphne Kluger, is made ill by the soup she’s eating, the plan hinges on men not being allowed to follow her into the women’s bathroom. The theft hinges on the security guards’ chivalry, and thus Debbie’s team is betting on their knowledge of patriarchal dynamics and using them to their advantage.
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