The movie Ocean’s 8 tries to continue the great quality of its franchise but fails to do so, believes Colin Covert of the Star Tribune. Its failure isn’t because of the all-female cast, the actresses are let down by a poor plot. Characters such as Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean aren’t very relatable. Her personality isn’t explored in detail, robbing her of much-needed depth. Most of the cast is too cool and distant, making it hard for the audience to really feel for them. The story is bland and feels rehashed, failing to capture previous titles’ tongue-in-cheek wit and drama. With little excitement or unique qualities, Ocean’s 8 shows why reboots are so risky.
Star-studded, empowering and witty, Ocean’s 8 is a great movie, writes Graeme Tuckett of Stuff.co.nz. The cast is its backbone, with fantastic acting by Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter and Rihanna. Their quality also comes out in the ways these huge personalities allow each other to shine. The movie a fresh deviation from previous titles of the franchise, while still staying loyal to the parts that work well. Self-aware, it plays on its mostly female cast, with a line from Bullock that she prefers women on her team because “men get seen, women don’t,” showing a subtle touch of fitting social commentary.