Ocean's 8 is the definition of a three star movie: it's totally watchable, features actors I like having a good time, is fun to look at, demands very little of me, and will more or less be forgotten by the time I finish this review. It's the breeziest summer movie you could ask for, in that it blows past you and is gone before you realize it.
Full confession: I had every intention of reviewing Hereditary this week. I have heard nothing but crazy good things about it. It's a horror movie (according to everyone but the director and d-bags with #HotTakes), and I really love horror movies. Having mostly avoided trailers and entirely avoiding any plot synopses, I wanted to see it before someone had the chance to ruin any of it for me. However, last week was a really, really rough one. There were several suicides, which means the news was constantly talking about suicide and everyone in my social media feeds was talking about suicide and, to be honest, it did a real number on me. I didn't want to go see Hereditary in that state, because I was genuinely afraid I wouldn't be able to handle it and would have to walk out. I don't walk out of movies. That's Adam Riske's department. Ocean's 8, on the other hand, I knew I could handle. In that sense, it was exactly what I needed.
Well, almost no one gets the opportunity to be funny. Completely stealing this movie is Anne Hathaway, who kicks Ocean's 8 to life every time she's on screen and getting all of my biggest laughs. She's this movie's Andy Garcia, only without ever posing an actual threat. Hathaway is a great actress who I have always found quite actress-y, but here is using all of those qualities for comic effect, delivering a fairly savage takedown of Hollywood stars like herself. Despite being exquisitely photographed throughout, she gives a comic performance without vanity and never pats herself on the back for doing so. She's clearly having a great time and she's very funny. Only the first part can be said of everyone else.
Who am I kidding? If they decide to have another party two summers from now, of course I'll be back. The guest list is just too good. And I did enjoy Ocean's 8! It's easy to enjoy. It just won't be as easy to remember.