It doesn't help that I don't rate the original, or Gary Ross' directing style. So it's clear that this is more of a statement film. 8 A-list actresses countering the patriarchy much like 'Ghostbusters' remake did to alt-right furore 2 years ago. Both films are sub-par in themselves, but the statement that the film represents is superb. Hopefully, it won't be perceived that a poor review has misogynistic intent.
The villain bro never feels like a worthy adversary. The Met Gala staging, celeb cameos etc, gives me "Entourage episode" vibes, like I'm not watching the Met Gala, I'm watching a movie that's telling me I'm watching the Met Gala. The oxygen distribution amongst the ensemble is off, too, with some (Hathaway) shining and others (Awkwafina) receding. Good movie, but not great. Nonetheless, I have high hopes for 9.
It's all fun and games, but Gary Ross was not the man for the job (and it was never a man's job, anyway). The cast is kenitc and very game, but then the ball really drops on the set pieces and specially that lackluster ending. But like all the other Ocean's films...even when they're not particularly good, they're good enough for me.
Some of the jokes fall flat, but I still loved it. Anne Hathaway is perfect — the reviews that she steals every scene she's in are absolutely right — I never knew I was in love with her until this moment. And Cate Blanchett is great as Brad Pitt.
Reminder: before making movies, one must write a script. Also, Bullock & Blanchett are clearly playing a lesbian couple, and it's absolutely unacceptable that the script insists otherwise. Only Rihanna and Awkwafina (and to a lesser extent Blanchett, Paulson, and Carter) get through this mess of a movie completely without embarrassment. It's like a choose-your-own-adventure of misogynistic plot elements.
An entertaining piece of competence porn dressed as a Vogue editorial. The main cast is the reason for this to exist and they mostly excel. As everyone has been saying, Hathaway steals the show, but Paulson and Bonham Carter aren't far behind. Blanchett's sub-par Brad Pitt impression and Ross's uninspired approach are the project's Achilles heel, though. Hopefully, it will get a sequel with a better director.