How long does it take to plan the perfect heist? Five years, eight months and 12 days, apparently. Before we start the clock ticking on our retirement plan, does the all-woman Ocean’s 8 live up to its blokey predecessors?

Meet Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) – Danny’s sister. She’s just sweet-talked the parole board into freedom, with the promise that she’ll be a good girl. Spoiler alert: She won’t be.

As she’s an Ocean, certain things are just in her bloodlines. So, instead of behaving herself it’s time for her to play out her meticulously-crafted heist plan, honed over the aforementioned five years, eight months and 12 days in the joint. The plan? Hit the annual Met Gala Ball. But not to rob the venerable museum as such, rather to liberate certain A-list guests of their shiny – and insanely valuable – baubles.

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Deb reunites with pal Lou (Cate Blanchett) and it’s recruitment time. A fashion designer? Hello Helena Bonham Carter. A hacker? Hello Rihanna. A fence? Hey there, Sarah Paulson! What about somebody pick-pockety? Come on down, Awkwafina! A jeweller? Mindy Kaling. Finally, an unwitting A-lister. That’d be Anne Hathaway. Can they pull off Deb’s Met-iculously (sorry) planned heist?

OK everybody, let’s get started!

The Ocean’s films – way back to the 1960s Rat Pack original – are renowned for their perfectly choreographed heists that play out in almost mesmerisingly balletic style, while also oozing with cool. Ocean’s 8 doesn’t let the side down.

From the looks of the stars – Bullock going for a kind of smoky-eyed K*rdashian thing, while Cate steals every scene rocking her Kim Gordon kool thing vibe – to the interspersed, star-encrusted real footage of the Met Gala and the effortlessly chill soundtrack, Ocean’s 8 delivers all the cool you could want from an Ocean’s flick, with more glitz and glamour than the boys could ever muster added to the mix. There’s even a brief appearance of one of the old guard.

There’s no incredible depth to be found in Ocean’s 8 – there’s also a welcome absence of guns – but it sure is one heck of an enjoyable popcorn flick. Hey, why should the guys have all the fun?

 

In cinemas: June 7, 2018
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Directed by: Gary Ross