Yes, mainstream moviemaking has become an endless stream of franchises, remakes, and reboots, but every once in a while, people who give a damn manage to create something entertaining and engaging within that paradigm. One example of this upstream swimming is in theaters right now, a little something called Star Wars: The Last Jedi (heard of it?); another hits theaters next summer, a woman-ccentric spinoff of Steven Soderbergh’s popular Ocean’s series, Ocean’s 8. (Insert your own joke about women only getting 2/3 of what men get here.) This morning, we got our first trailer, and folks, it looks like a blast:
Though Soderbergh is only producing this time around, director Gary Ross and co-writer Olivia Milch genuinely seem to have honed in on the giddy energy of the Ocean’s series, thanks to its high style, gorgeous costumes, whip-smart humor, and ace ensemble (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina). And sure, it’ would’ve been swell if they could’ve found a woman to, y’know, direct, and James Corden is in there (why?), and though he’s not in the trailer, Matt Damon reportedly makes a cameo, at exactly the moment when we maybe don’t want to see him in a movie about women. But still! Looks like fun!
Ocean’s 8 hits theaters on June 8th, so we’ve only got six months of trailer down-voting and Rotten Tomatoes audience score campaigns orchestrated by men who’ll never know the touch of a real woman, and thus lash out against fictional ones. Enjoy!