Ocean’s 8 proves why we should do all-female reboots of everything

We got that Harvey Specter, Han Solo, Danny Ocean feeling and we aren’t letting it go

*SPOILER FREE*

I’m a feminist.

I’m a cold-blooded feminist killjoy who loves to explain to men (and everybody) why representation is important in media.

Hell, I started a blog all about it.

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But something I always find difficult to articulate to (white) men, is why representation is important. Women and other minorities know all too well why it’s so important to see yourself reflected in diverse roles.

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But men who see themselves in every single possible role, often don’t understand why it’s hard to imagine a world where you can be an astronaut, a CEO, a mathematician, or anything else when you aren’t represented as being able to do those roles – even in fantasy worlds.

I’ve thought long and hard on how best to explain this to even just my partner, without going on a crazy rant yet again. But watching Ocean’s 8 made it so so so clear exactly why, and in terms that men can probably understand.

You know that feeling you get when you see Han Solo weave through meteors that no Empire pilot could navigate, and do it all with a smirk and a one liner?

You know that moment Harvey Specter lays down the evidence and wins a case that seemed unbeatable, adjusts his cuff links, and walks off to a badass song?

Or what about Raymond Reddington, finessing yet another whatever it is he does that white men love so much?

More to the point, it’s that moment when Danny Ocean pulls off the grandest heist in history with all his buddies by his side and in a fantastic suit and some amazing cars.

These men who we idolise, because they are witty, and smart, and do things we wish we could do, while dressing like we wish we dressed, and absolutely crushing every moment and never failing? We want to be them even though maybe they live lives we don’t actually want, but God they do it well and with so much style.

Except we don’t – because we’re women. As women, we see these men and we like them, but it’s just another white man in a position, role, or life we already knew white men could have. We don’t want to be them and hijack their jokes and style.

Where’s our Han? Our Harvey? Our Raymond? Our Danny? They’re starting to arrive, and it feels oh so good to see someone like you who is badass, witty, intelligent, and absolutely winning at whatever they do.

Ocean’s 8 was that – and a million times more. I wasn’t relating to these characters because I would never be these characters – but boy did I want to.

Our fast cars and alcohol references were switched with fashion and art, and it was glorious.

The stakes were high, the jokes were sly, and yes, it’s all just one big vapid heist movie. But it means so much on a larger scale and I absolutely love it.

The whole movie impressed so much the fact that females are each other’s strengths, and that men are wholly unnecessary to reach our goals. That women can come from all corners of life and absolutely slay a project to death.

It also featured a high level of female songs, largely focussed on the art about women in the MET, and showed that high fashion is just as sexy and ex

citing and suitable for heist movies as fast cars and cigars.

And fuck, it had Rihanna so ????

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On a final note, if you still aren’t convinced as to why representation matters, in the words of Debbie Ocean:

“Remember, you’re not doing this for me. You’re not doing this for you. Somewhere out there, there is an 8-year-old girl who dreams of one day being a criminal. You’re doing it for her.”

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2 thoughts on “Ocean’s 8 proves why we should do all-female reboots of everything

  1. No no no, the script was weak, they never used the same DP, Editor, and Composer as the original Oceans franchise. This is just a gender swap peace of shit! As a stand alone movie AWAY from the Oceans franchise, it works, It’s good. But this movie tried way to hard to be an Oceans Film. I’m all for this equality and representation, how ever, I have to highly disagree with your opinion. I believe that women deserve their own films, original scripts written for female roles, stories and new franchises that are MADE for women instead of copying something that’s done and flip it around. Women deserve to be original and have their own spotlight just as much as men do.

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  2. I never said the script was strong or even that it needed to have the same DP, Editor, and Composer as the originals (which I don’t think it needed).

    I actually believe the gender swap franchises are awesome, because so often female led movies that are action-based are denied or argued against because “they just won’t be any good”, so proving that we can take tried and true scripts and still make awesome films that generate hella revenue PROVES that. It gives us a foot in the door as well, because pitching a female led action movie that DOESN’T rely on previous franchise power to convince it will make bank is fucking hard.

    It’s a known fact that to often pitch a movie or TV show you have to say “it’s like that, but this”, and instead of taking a franchise and making your own version (Bridesmaids vs Hangover) this is a DIRECT hit, saying we can do anything you can do JUST AS GOOD and IT ISN’T a chick flick. Because no one would dare call any of the other Oceans movies are chick flicks.

    I also agree with you that women deserve their own films, but the reality is that we don’t get them. I’m happy to hear you believe that we COULD get them, but the fact is:

    Of the top 100 grossing films of 2017, women represented:

    8% of directors
    10% of writers
    2% of cinematographers
    24% of producers
    14% of editors

    Give us the fucking films and then we’ll stop stealing your franchises.

    I was skeptical of gender swaps at first, but then I watched the new Ghostbusters and it’s so much better than the original pieces of shit 🙂

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