Ocean’s 8: Everything you love about the Ocean’s series, but with some serious fem-power | 9Lives
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High risk, big reward with added stylish thrills and twists – that is the Ocean’s winning recipe. Ocean’s 8, the all-female reboot, did not skimp on any of these details going into the blockbuster season this winter. These not-so-cheap-couture-thrills are set against the backdrop of the all-glam Met Ball , an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

Sandra Bullock leads the charge as Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) sister, Debbie Ocean. She is joined by Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson and the evergreen Helena Bonham Carter, completing the signature Ocean’s gang of diverse high end criminals. These are not the only famous faces in the film; keep an eye out for James Corden, Dakota Fanning, Kendall Jenner, Maria Sharapova and more.

The film, which a wonderful addition to the franchise, is not without its plot holes, but serves its purpose as a fun, high energy, glamourous 2-hour escape. The group dynamic, which is so characteristic of the previous films, is perfectly translated into this reboot with the ladies’ cool demeanor, light banter and different skills complementing each other perfectly.

If you are into fashion, you’ll love the fact that the film spares no expense and the ladies are all-glamour, all the time. The audience is also treated to a view of the recreated necklace Jacques Cartier designed for the Maharaja of Nawanagar, called the Toussaint. This was created as a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s Creative Director in the 1930s, whose role was decisive in establishing the Maison’s stylistic identity. This masterpiece is no longer in existence, but drawings and photographs exists in Cartier archives and was used to recreate the piece that plays a central role in the storyline.

The crew also did a fabulous job of recreating the actual Met Ball, hosted annually by Vogue. According to Vulture the Met Ball was recreated for the film in collaboration with Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who has since 1995 personally seen to the event. Wintour also makes a brief appearance in the film, together with several other celebrities dressed in their finest for the recreated Met Ball event.

The film is currently showing at all major cinemas countrywide.


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