It’s been almost a year since we saw our first glimpse of the glamorous ladies of Ocean’s 8, and finally today we get the first full trailer of our fave ladies in action.
The scene opens on Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean – sister of Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13 star Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney – in prison.
Suffice to say, she makes parole, and begins planning an epic heist – one that includes Mindy Kaling as jewellery maker Amita, who lives with her mother; Rihanna as Nine Ball, a hacker/computer expert; Helena Bonham Carter as Rose, a seemingly eccentric dress-maker; comedian Akwafina as a thieving street performer; Sarah Paulson as a stay-at-home mum desperate to get away from her kids; and Cate Blanchet as Lou, seemingly Debbie’s right-hand woman.
Their plan is to infiltrate the annual Met Gala and steal jewellery off the neck of Anne Hathaway’s Daphne Kluger.
And if that wasn’t enough stars for you, here’s a few more: James Corden stars in a yet unidentified role (but definitely has a speaking part with Bullock) and, Damien Lewis is due to play Debbie’s ex and the target of the team’s heist.
As you can expect, the Met Gala is going to be choc-a-bloc with celebs too, so far listed on IMDB as: Zayn Malik, Zac Posen, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Hailey Baldwin and Adriana Lima.
The trailer would have us believe that Debbie’s brother Danny is dead, but is that true? We’ll just have to wait and see!
The film is directed by Gary Ross, who has previously had director duties on cult favourite Pleasantville and mega-franchise The Hunger Games, and Olivia Milch joins him as co-writer.
Milch has only written on one previous film called ‘Dude’, but we have every faith in her after seeing this epic trailer.
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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.