- By RICH ANDREW
- Photo Courtesy of WARNER BROS.
It took Danny and his boys eleven. But Debbie does it with seven. Amidst the madness of movie genre mashups, Hollywood finally gets the gender-swapping reboot oh so right with Ocean’s 8. And writer and director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) outdoes every Ocean’s iteration that has come before with these eight magic words — Sandra. Cate. Anne. Helena. Mindy. Sarah. Awkwafina. Rihanna.
Donning the naughty Ocean name and all the bad-assery that goes with it is Sandra Bullock as Debbie, the estranged sister who has spent the last five years under lockup, planning herself the perfect heist. Upon her release, Debbie reunites with old friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) and assembles a team of usual suspects — from pickpocket (Awkwafina), jeweler (Mindy Kaling), and tech support (Rihanna) to seamstress (Helena Bonham Carter) and seeming housewife (Sarah Paulson). Their target borders on a bit more glamour and danger than the casinos Debbie’s brother was so fond of, and the only place with more sparkle and more security than Las Vegas? The Met Gala.
In a bevy of brains and brawn, of glitz and couture gowns, Debbie’s dream team will attempt to seize an extravagant necklace of diamonds valued at 150 million dollars out from underneath the bobblehead of one Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). With high fashion comes high stakes in this charming caper, but this is one bet at the box office sure to win Warner Bros. the jackpot.
“Ocean’s 8” hits theaters June 8th.