#Oceans8 – Movie Review

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Ocean’s 8 – Budget of $70 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

Ocean's 8
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Debbie is out on parole after 5 years, 8 months, and 12 days in prison.  She convinces the parole board that she wants to live on the straight and narrow path.  However, the moment her feet touch the ground, she is back to her old ways.  After “shopping” and “finding a hotel room”, she calls Lou.  Lou was her partner in crime and looks forward to hearing Debbie’s new plan.  Debbie wants to rob the Met Gala for a Cartier Necklace priced at $150 million.  Lou believes they will need dozens of people and millions of dollars.  Debbie assures Lou that she only needs 7 people and $20,000 for her plan.  So they recruit:

  1. Nine Ball – master hacker
  2. Tammy – a fence
  3. Constance – pickpocket
  4. Rose – fashion designer
  5. Amita – jewelry maker

With these people by their side, Debbie and Lou will attempt to give and get the Cartier necklace from Daphane (Hollywood starlet) and replace them with a fake.  Everything is going as designed until Lou finds Debbie’s true motivation for pulling off this heist.

As an extension to The Ocean’s Trilogy, this movie creates a good story with dashes of the past, lots of jewels, and some con-artist’s tricks of the trade (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While viewing the old movies isn’t necessary, it helps fill in some of the blanks about the Ocean’s past and family ties.  And fret not, you will learn why Debbie was arrested and who put her there.  Also, they explain why they chose an all women crew.  Plus using the Met Gala as a background, it provides you a look at the exclusive star-studded party while giving the viewers lots of stars from different walks of life.  This movie has plenty of close calls, nail-biting moments, and slick moves.  You will see these women use their wits to take control of the situation at any time.  It has a few funny lines but it never gets sappy or emotional.  Movies with an all-female cast can easily fall into the “Lifetime” or “Hallmark” trap.  This does not.  This movie is all about the heist and a different type of female empowerment.  See it matinee and Dolby is not necessary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Holy Crap – Daphne

You gotta clean up your footprint – 9 ball

Ebay – Tammy

How did I get here – Rose

Well I got 45 dollars, I can go anywhere I want – Debbie

She needs to see it in the light – Amita

Because when you’re drunk, it tastes like Vodka – Lou


Alice #ThroughTheLookingGlass – Review

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Alice Through The Looking Glass – Budget of $170 million – 1 hour 53 minutes

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Alice Through The Looking Glass
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Alice, the Captain of the Wonderland ship, has been away at sea for a year. She heads back home to give her report and then set off on her next voyage. When she gets home, her mother informs Alice that her business partner has died and left his son, Hamish (her ex-fiancé) , in charge. Hamish tells Alice that she will not be going on any more voyages and will work inside the company as a clock (a.k.a time keeper). Alice believe she can fight because she owns 10% of the company. Alice’s dreams are dashed when she is reminded that her mother owns 10%.  But, unbeknownst to Alice, her mother sold the 10% along with their home … to Hamish.  Hamish will give Alice her home, only if she give him Wonderland, her father’s ship. This news sends Alice running for a place to make one of the hardest decisions since her engagement. Then Alice sees, Absolem, who leads her through the looking glass to Wonderland. Once in Wonderland, The White Queen tells Alice that the Mad Hatter is gravely ill and only she can help. Alice goes to see the Hatter and finds out that he believes his family survived the Jabberwocky and is still alive; because he found the first hat he ever made in the ground where they perished.  And if that hat survived then they did too.  Alice tells him this is impossible, however the White Queen knows a way to bring them back. Alice must go to Time’s palace, steal the Chronosphere, use it to go back into time, save the Mad Hatter family before they are killed by the Jabberwocky, and make it home to make the hardest decision of her life. Well, that doesn’t sound so hard. Alice just needs to beat Time.

This movie, loosely based on Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, is as visually beautiful as the first (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The script is average but the effects make up for the lack of strong dialogue. Today’s superhero movies can learn how to intertwine live action and animation sequences seamlessly.  You learn the reason for the Red Queen’s hatred, The White Queens secret’s, and the Hatter’s past.  There is so much going on, its hard to write about … let alone see.  Only see this in 3D if you have a child under 10. Otherwise, this movie is a 2D matinee or Red Box (if you have a good television).

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

You are not you – Mad Hatter

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible – Alice

Time is a cruel master – Helen Kingsleigh

You’re Alice. Of course – Absolem

I always liked tiny things – Red Queen

We’ll split up together – Tweedledee & Tweedledum

It’s not impossible, only unpossible – Cheshire Cat

What happen to him – Time

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