The Bling Ring
Release Date: June 21st, 2013Actors: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Director: Sophia Coppola
Current Location: In Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% - FRESH
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% - FRESH
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
I've been looking forward to this movie for a long time. It's got the make of a great Indie. A stellar plot: the real life robberies that took place in the Hollywood Hills. A stellar cast: Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga. A stellar director: Sophia Coppola. And a crazy badass soundtrack featuring Sleigh Bells and Kanye West. So yeah, this had the line-up to be an A-worthy film but it definitely didn't meet its potential.
TAGLINE: If you can't be famous, be infamous.First let's start with the killer plot. The teenagers who robbed Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and other celebrities became known as "The Bling Ring." And their burglaries and the events that take place is like watching a train that you know will end up crashing. The cast does a great job at making these kids seem fame-obsessed and naive, while layering on their selfish whims. Emma Watson in particular really stood out. She plays a character that she's really never had a chance to play before. And proved to be the comedic part of the movie.
Also, huge credit to her for capturing the real life person she was portraying. You can see a clip of Alexis from Pretty Wild below. Yes. Emma Watson was fabulous as her.
I think Sophia Coppola did a good job at providing a message about how our culture has progressed, but that's where my compliments will end. The movie might be great for anyone who hasn't looked up anything about these burglaries, but if you know the general facts then this movie will be pretty pointless. It's like watching a movie-version of a police report. The substance and motivations behind the Bling Ring themselves is lost to the music, the drugs, and the excess of stolen luxury. We weren't able to really get to know these characters, except for possibly Marc. But even his character is one-dimensional. Lonely kid who goes to new school and falls in with the wrong crowd.
I think Coppola missed her chance to really dig deep with these characters and investigate their obsession. Rebecca was the ring leader, and the only motivation that we get from her is really because she envies the rich-and-famous lifestyle.
I think we just wanted to be part of the lifestyle. The lifestyle that everybody kinda wants.
But this comes second-hand. Not from Rebecca herself. It felt like too little too late.
While I'm complaining a lot about the film, I don't think it was a complete failure. It was eye-catching and still compelling to watch. I haven't been a big Coppola fan, I must admit. Unlike her other movies, I actually found this one to be more enjoyable and less slow.
ROBOT VERDICT: A plot with a compelling concept worth watching, but a missed opportunity to dig deeper into the characters.