Hey, no surprises anyone, but it seems like 2018 probably isn’t going to be any better than 2017 if the reactions to Monday’s Ocean’s 8 teaser trailer are any indication.
The upcoming film is a sequel to George Clooney and Brad Pitt‘s Ocean’s 11 – itself a reboot of the 1960 film with Frank Sinatra – but instead of pairing Clooney and Pitt back together, studio Warner Bros have decided to go with the Very Risky Strategy (read: not risky at all) of making a sequel with an all-female cast.
And some men are not happy.
‘Ocean’s 8 is going to be awesome. If you want to watch a bunch of women argue over what they want to eat for 2 hours,’ tweeted one very upset man, who had clearly never spent much time with women. (We also like to argue over our hair styles and our shoes.)
A second added: ‘Women, doing organized crime? More like DISORGANIZED crime. I’ve seen your handbags.’
Yeah, funny that – considering handbags don’t come with tiny little pockets to keep individual items in.
scurveyx (@39523ad0806b492) December 18, 2017
@oceans8movie Ohhh I get it. It’s like Ocean’s 12 but less original. Cool.
Film Magician (@Filmmagician) December 18, 2017
#WOKEN James Dwyer (@jamesdwyer192) December 18, 2017
Lewis Thompson (@lewis9331) December 18, 2017
Ocean's 8 is going to be awesome. If you want to watch a bunch of women argue over what they want to eat for 2 hours. #Oceans8
ThyArtIsJames (@JamesFogle) December 18, 2017
Women, doing organized crime? More like DISORGANIZED crime. I've seen your handbags. #Oceans8
J. Richard Singleton (@JohnRSingleton) December 15, 2017
Ocean’s 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter.
Bullock will star as Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, the character played by Clooney and Sinatra in Ocean’s 11, and she will assemble a team to pull off a heist at the New York Met Gala.
When audiences meet Debbie, she will be at the tail end of a five-year incarceration, although it isn’t clear whether she’s escaped prison or been released.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.