Stars: 4/5

2018 has had the largest box office sales in years, and for good reason. With films such as “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2,” Hollywood has given people many reasons to go to the movies.

“Ocean’s 8” was no exception. The highly-anticipated movie is packed with an all-star cast, starring Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling.

“Ocean’s 8” is a spin-off of the Ocean’s trilogy, being the first movie in its franchise not directed by Steven Soderbergh, but instead by “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.

The female version of the original Ocean’s movies comes with a bit of humor and lavish designer gowns, it’s the perfect movie for a girls night. It opens similarly to “Ocean’s Eleven,” with Debbie Ocean (Bullock) who’s recently paroled from prison. Ocean struts out of prison looking suave and ready for her next heist. She starts recruiting a group of women to infiltrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Gala to steal a Cartier necklace worth $150 million.

The only negative thing about this movie is the central plot revolving around getting revenge on Ocean’s ex-boyfriend. It’s disappointing that such a strong female film centers around boy problems, but I guess that can be expected considering it was directed by a male.

This movie received more positive feedback than 2016’s “Ghostbusters,” which many people took to the internet after its release to express their anger that the movie was female-dominated even though the original plot involved men. “Ocean’s 8” however, didn’t have that issue. People welcomed the female cast, but that may be attributed to the fact that it’s hard to say anything negative about Bullock and Hathaway.

These types of heist movies have an interesting effect on it’s viewers. The sly and almost sexy thieving causes you to glamorize it. For once, you’re rooting for the bad guys, hoping they get away with stealing a multi-million dollar necklace.

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