The film starts out with some fun scenes showing Sandra Bullock's character and her con-artist skills. At that point I thought we could be in for a very fun ride that would live up to the high standards set in the series to this point. Sadly though that kind of fun was short lived. From that point on the movie takes itself very seriously. The unwitting and natural charm that the original three entries had was no longer there. The film was too busy explaining itself and getting information out.
There is also a lack of conflict in the movie. Everything goes far too smoothly. There is one problem they run into, yet that problem is fixed literally within a couple of minutes with a simple phone call. If that isn't the laziest writing I've ever seen I don't know what is. Also there is no villain in the movie. Absolutely no one to root against. How this movie got approved without that I will never know.
Having said all that I didn't actually have that bad of a time with 'Ocean's Eight'. It is a smart film and that is probably the part of it I enjoyed the most. Watching how they went about this plot to get the necklace was a lot of fun. If the film wasn't impossible not to compare to the originals I think it would have gone down as a much better film. But they chose to be a part of that series and so they have to live with those comparisons. 'Ocean's Eight' passes with a bare minimum standard.