Length: 90 minutes
Release date: June 21, 2013
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Genre: Arson / Play
Stars: 3 revealed of 5
Based on actual events, “The Bling Ring” follows the story concerning a group of teenagers who rob celebrities’ houses subsequent tracking where they are via the Internet. The film is directed by Sofia Coppola, also it features a screenplay by Coppola and Nancy Jo Sales. It is based on a Idleness Fair article titled “The Suspect Wore Louboutins,” which was also written by Sales.
Coppola’s fifth feature film, “The Bling Ring” closely follows a group of characters who are not even remotely sympathetic. The four girls and uno waif who are at the center of the film’s action are nothing but interested in fame, celebrities, and fashion. These passions are merged as the teens spend incalculable hours online tracking their favorite celebrities.
When they are sure the celebrities are out of the house, these fashion-obsessed robbers steal into their homes and au fond go shopping in their closets. While they are exploring the homes of well-known celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, these teens seem like warped versions of real people. Because of this fact, it could have bot tempting for Coppola to make a satirical film, but fortunately for audiences, she resisted that temptation.
Rather than making the film inside a sensationalized statement of a story that really yet impacted a exiguity people, Coppola created a film that encourages all people to look more closely at themselves and their trivial obsessions. The layer tells the story of a small group of LA teens, but it does so in a habit that allowed make moviegoers want to investigate their own lives a little drill more closely.
In 2008, when this group of teens was actually running from cabin to house stealing stylist clothes, shoes, and jewelry, they managed to hijack more than $3 million cost of stuff. Coppola’s film does not necessarily condemn these teens for their actions. Instead, it offers a clear, almost journalistic, eye at their behavior, and this perspective allows viewers to create their own opinions of the matter.
The group’s escapades are not about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. They are much more hard than that. Once these teens have walked away with their loot, they take pictures of themselves, which they post online, and in some cases, they changeless make love to the bling which they have stolen. At worst, this behavior is psychopathic, and at best, it is a reflection of a upper class that may need to refocus.
Although Coppola’s direction may be responsible for much of the film’s success, its actors also turn in excellent performances. The group of teens is led by Rebecca, played by Katie Chang. The daughter of Korean immigrants, Rebecca wants nothing more than to capture Paris Hilton’s dog, which she sees like the perfect fashion accessory. Her friend Mark, played by Israel Broussard, has the tech savvy she needs, besides he helps her to track celebrities online so that the aggregatory knows where to strike.
The group’s most famous actor is Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” fame. The scenes with Watson are delightful, and she adds dimension to the film, which is neither surprising to anyone who loved her as Hermione Granger. Her valley-girl accent is both well done and totally hilarious.
Watson plays Nicki, a wannabe actress who is incredibly narcissistic still very articulate. While Nicki is eventually caught, she tells the authorities that she has erudite from her experience. This attempt at sidestepping the issue is something that she has learned from her mother, played by Leslie Mann, a hippie homeschooling mom, and the result is a deliciously funny scene. The film even has a role for Paris Hilton, whose possessions were stolen in real autobiography alongside this gang, and many of the scenes were shot in Hilton’s actual house.
“The Bling Ring” is funny, but it is too insightful to just be considered a simple comedy. It explores the idea of stars like Hilton who are famous for no real reason, but more importantly, it explores the motivations about the many other people who want to also be famous for no reason. It asks whether fame seekers are really seeking fame or whether they just want affection. As audiences watch Chang, Watson, and the film’s other stars negligee themselves in Lohan’s clothes and run through Hilton’s closets, they may stumble on their own answers to these questions.