Title – The Bling Ring (2013)
Director – Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Cast – Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Leslie Mann
Plot – Based on a true story, The Bling Ring focuses on a bunch of rich youths lead by Rebecca (Chang) and her gay BFF Marc (Broussard) and their exploits of robbing the rich while they are away and stealing millions worth of clothes and accessories. The obsession with celebrity taken to the extreme and the disconnection of youth mixed in a sun lit cocktail.
“Let’s go to Paris. I want to rob!”
Review by Eddie on 9/10/2013
There are some very sad things to say about The Bling Ring. Two of the most prominent points here being this was cinematography great Harris Savides last shot film. Savides was DOP in such classics as Zodiac and Elephant and here in The Bling Ring provides the film with its trump card in its impressively shot LA vistas. The other prominent sad point here is just how bad The Bling Ring is.
It’s not hard to see why Sofia Coppola was drawn to this downright bizarre yet true story of a bunch of spoilt brats who over the period of months continued to rob and pilfer the rich as they were out partying or other such A-list activities. Such “celebrities” as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel Bilson were all targeted by this motley crew setting up a ripe narrative to explore why these thieves did what they did, to bad The Bling Ring offers up no insight or understandable backing behind their actions.
The Bling Ring perhaps like the youth depicted here feels disconnected from reality and the story unfolds at a fast yet somehow slow moving pace where not once does the audience feel in any way connected to the group or have any real interest in there criminal exploits. Scenes go on and on with them pronouncing “WOW” and “OMG” as the try on outfits, wear high heels and put on lipstick. It’s clear Coppola wanted to go for the here and now of youth behaviour but everything feels overplayed and extenuated to a point of complete fabrication.
If The Bling Ring didn’t look so darn pretty and feature an upbeat and tempo filled soundtrack it would be a complete and utter disaster. It’s hard to see what Coppola wanted from this film and it’s pretty clear from its lukewarm to cold reception it didn’t connect with either the critics or the youth that it obviously thinks it’s got down pat. Like the group it depicts The Bling Ring is nothing more than a flash in the pan, a quickly forgotten piece of history that achieved nothing and had no reason to do so in the first place.
1 and a half Channel bag’s out of 5
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