February 1, 2024
Peter Calder

Ocean’s 8: Working in a Trilogy (2 minute read)

One huge similarity I noticed between the new "Ocean's 8" and 11,12,13 is the cast; they all had such incredible casts. "Ocean's 8" was stacked with Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sandra  Bullock, Anne Hathaway and many more. Something interesting about this trilogy or the "Oceans world" is the ability for these larger-sized casts to be able to have scenes with all of them playing off each other in wonderful ways; it reminds me in some ways of the Avengers and how those characters are all able to bounce off each other. This adds a dimension to the story and always keeps things interesting because there are so many characters to admire and intrigue you.  

"Remakes" has a pretty bad rap, as most people who watch an original usually prefer it to the remade version. I am really happy that "Ocean's 8" was not a remake; when I first heard it was coming, I thought it was just going to be the same as "Ocean's 11" but with an all-female cast,  offering a different perspective. But, instead, it was a whole new film; there were references and different aspects that related it to the other films, as Sandra Bullock's character was George Clooney's character's sister from "Ocean's 11".

It kept the charm and feel of the original films, but it offered a completely new and interesting story. I don't agree with the critics' mostly negative response to the film. I was sold throughout of what a great film it was, although I am a  bit biased because I do love a lot of heist films and TV. Especially in the modern era of film, I  feel like I am less shocked and surprised by the plot endings.

I think that in most films you see today, you can predict a lot of aspects about them from just watching the first ten minutes. "Ocean's 11", when it came out in 2001, was great at surprising the audience with how they pulled off the heist. "Ocean's 8" leads you to think that the heist is predictable, meaning they are going to steal one specific item; in the end, the audience is surprised by quite a different plot development, which I think sets it apart because I was honestly quite shocked by that plot twist. Film and TV can have great remakes, sequels or spinoffs when you determine that the film or show is separate and has its own story with its own path.

Also, removing and taking away the boundaries of it has to go like this or be like this because that's what it was like in the other one, which is important to make a great sequel, spinoff, or remake. "Ocean's 8" can stand alone as a great film even if the other Ocean's films were never made, and I think that's what it takes to make a successful film or TV show that fits in a certain trilogy or world.