A Summer Must-Sea: Ocean’s 8

The new Ocean’s crew gears up for their mischievous plot to rob the Met Gala. (Photo by Warner Brothers).

By: Allyson Roche ’19

After 2016’s female reboot of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, many have been wondering what other female remakes Hollywood has in store for us.

On June 8th, Ocean’s 8 will be released in theatres across the country. Ocean’s 8 will be added to the franchise of the 2001 remake of the heist film Ocean’s 11, which starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt among the star studded cast.

Writer-Director Gary Ross (Big, The Hunger Games) has taken the reigns of the film, and collected a cast with just as much star power as the original film. Although he is not set to be in the reboot, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s character.

The film revolves around Debbie’s plot to rob the $150 million worth of diamonds at the Met Gala with the help of 7 other women including Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.

“We tried to make each one of these women distinct people, who share a lot but reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experience,” director and co-writer Gary Ross told Entertainment Weekly.

The cast has talked extensively about the female camaraderie onset and what it means to have more female led-films receive wide-releases. “We don’t want it to be just for women,” Sandra Bullock told EW. “This is not a man-hating movie. There’s men in this movie. We love them. But this one heist needs women.”

Even though female-led films are produced at a lower rate and do not receive as many wide releases, they are more successful at the box office. Madeline di Nonno, chief executive of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said “The thing is, female-led films are profitable. What we’ve shown in our research is that they have generated more money at the box office…Films that are led by females, can they generate box office? Yes. Do they generate more revenue at the box office? Yes, they do. On top of it, [the question about] where does the source material come from – should it be original or can it be a remake? – is very subjective.” Their research showed that “in 2015, female-led films made 15.8% more on average than male-led films.”

Many Notre Dame students are patiently awaiting the release of Ocean’s 8.

“I’m very excited to see this film. I really like that fact that it is not a remake, but it’s a parallel story of the movie before, about another family member. I have also been a fan of these actresses, and I’m excited to see them work together,” said Evin Santana ‘19.

Grant Venable ‘20 said “I’ve been waiting to see this for a while now because of the talent involved! I think it will be an empowering summer movie for a lot of people.”

Ocean’s 8 isn’t the only female-led film set for a June 8th release. A24’s Hereditary is a horror film starring Toni Collette as a protective mother, and the music-centered film Hearts Beat Loud stars Kiersey Clemons.

Start your summer off by seeing Ocean’s 8 on June 8th. Support women in film!


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