The internet is buzzing after the first trailer for the upcoming Ocean’s 8 film hit YouTube last month. Directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Mitch, the all-female sequel stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham-Carter, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and her expensive diamond necklace.
And it’s even more thrilling than expected. The movie is both a sequel and spin-off to the blockbuster Ocean’s Trilogy, which featured George Clooney leading a illustrious gang of thieves, featuring Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
Ocean’s 8 two-and-a-half minute trailer appears to hint at how stealing $20m would affect the lives of eight very different women. Just from the trailer it’s obvious there are connections between women and money. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is up for parole, and despite the claim that she’s ready to live the “simple life” she decides to organise a huge jewellery heist at the Met Gala. However, in order to do so she needs to gather up the best team possible. This team includes her right-hand woman Kou (Cate Blanchett), jewellery marker, Amita (Mindy Kaling), stay-at-home mum, Tammy (Sarah Paulson), fashion designer, Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), local street hustler, Constance (Awkwafina) and a hacker that goes by Nine Ball (Rhianna).
Despite the trailer only representing a fraction of what is to come, it is obvious why money is so desirable to these women. Formerly, it seems that employment has been a barrier in these women’s lives, therefore, making the possibility of a wad of cash become that more alluring. Nine Ball, who attempts to stay off the grid, works to conquer the web in peace, earning extra income in order to survive. Amita’s mother is smothering, and pressuring her to get married forcing her to live with her mother due to a lack of financial support. Constance’s life of pick-pocketing and games of cards has proven not to be enough to support herself. And Tammy; whose life revolves around supporting her kids, shows how the life of the modern mum is expensive and taxing. She puts her life as a housewife on hold to join the team.
In addition to this, Ocean’s 8 is about more than the female masterminds. Economic freedom is a key aspect of the film that highlights the liberating impact financial independence has on women. This economic freedom portrays; a differentiation between marrying for love or independence; defining whether or not one returns to prison after paying your debts to society; pursuing your own passion or to provide education for your children to pursue theirs.
So what else is there to know?
The most important part. Ocean’s 8 will hit cinemas this summer on the 8th of June 2018.
Keep your eyes open for more information regarding this film, we know we will!
Text: Ella Buxton
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