Ocean's 8 (2018)
For some reason when Hollywood is in need to bring a franchise back to relevance for a new (and probably unneeded) edition into it's line it has become widely accepted that a way to do this is to simply change the genders of the characters. For some reason Hollywood sees this as a way to "freshen up" the movie and provide "new" dynamics that was not present before. Personally this is just about as lazy as it can get, not that there aren't new dynamics created when you put the opposite gender in the same situation but I have never watched a movie and really wondered what someone from the other sex would do in whatever situation. Just by replacing women with men and vice versa you do not create a unique cinematic experience, this is something that is clear when watching Ocean's 8.
The biggest crime of Ocean's 8 isn't that it is terrible because honestly it isn't, this is not a movie that I was ever really cringing at and it wasn't a movie that bored me to death, instead it was just simply forgettably average which might even be worse depending on who you ask. Ocean's 8 is a movie that feels like every other heist film out there, it constantly felt like it was just going through the motions and never is successful at breaking past this. Even when it tries to introduce a more unique plot, it gets lost in plot holes which ruins the road even before we were able to drive on it. There also is an overwhelming sense of filler in many scenes, just like the movie overall it's not boring filler, but when you can immediately tell that a scene is unimportant to the overall plot and has no real purpose other than to pass the time it is hard not to loose some interest.
This isn't to say that this movie has no positives, particularly the cast I found to be really enjoyable. Where the dynamics aren't anything overly new they do have a great chemistry that is able to save this movie from any major signs of being a boring watch. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and I think if they were given a stronger plot they could be a winning team to back a new franchise off of. The score to this movie from Daniel Pemberton also stuck out to me, it definitely takes inspiration from classic scores in the heist genre but it is able put enough unique twists in the music to stand out as unique and fresh unlike the plot to this film.
Overall Ocean's 8 is a movie that I fully expect to be swallowed by the void of cinema like so many films do each year. The plot fails to bring it to any memorable new level yet the cast refuses to turn this movie to a complete bomb and holds it just high enough to be saved from being remembered as a real stinker from this year. This movie ends up in that weird grey zone of forgettable. If you like heist films then you will like Ocean's 8 fine, if I ever look back on this film I will overall think positively, but chances are if you haven't seen the movie already there really isn't any reason that you need to rush to the theater either.