Ocean’s 8: The female-fronted film fighting gender imbalance

Grazia joins forces with one of the most anticipated films of the year that’s making an unapologetically feminist statement
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Ocean’s 8: The female-fronted film fighting gender imbalance
It’s no secret that leading roles in blockbuster movies are still heavily dominated by men, as well as being overwhelmingly made by them too – so an all-female heist film has arrived just in time to strike a gender balance.

Ocean’s 8 is the girl-power take on the Ocean’s 11 series. It originally began with Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and was later remade with Hollywood hunks George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

In this film, Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, as Debbie Ocean (estranged sister of George’s character Danny), attempts to pull off the largest jewel theft of the 21st century at New York’s yearly Met Gala. She’s joined by seven accomplices (think A-Listers such as Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway).

Oh, and Rihanna – who’s everywhere at the moment – makes her mark as the team’s computer hacker.  

Of course, this isn’t the first Hollywood film by and for women – Melissa McCarthy led the Ghostbusters remake in 2016 – but what empowers Ocean’s 8 above other female-fronted titles is it clearly could not care less if the boys from earlier editions approve of it. Neither is the reboot trying to improve on the former versions – although we would contend that it does – it’s simply proving that equality exists. 

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