Thursday, 26 June 2014

Movie review - The Bling Ring (2013)

The Bling Ring (2013) / biography, crime, drama

Directed and Written by Sofia Coppola
Based on The Suspects Wore Louboutins by Nancy Jo Sales
Produced by Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola and Youree Henley
Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Georgia Rock, Carlos Miranda, Gavin Rossdale, Stacy Edwards
Trailer: click.

Interesting concept, horrible execution!

Quiet teenager Marc Hall (Israel Broussard) arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High School, California. He is befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn (Katie Chang) and starts to hang out with her friends Nicki (Emma Watson), her adopted sister Sam (Taissa Farmiga) and Chloe (Claire Julien). They begin breaking and entering in celebrity houses and stealing from them (jewelry, shoes, cash, etc) but as always. There are consequences.

There is just no real point in telling this uninteresting story. Bunch of already rich teenagers are obsessed with celebrity fancy lifestyle and are now robbing their houses. About six times before they get caught. I understand this is hot current issue and trash culture aspect (smilar to Spring Breakers). Kids are obsessed with celebs, the most important thing is to look fab and taking selfies. Wannabes. The more ridiculous and narcissistic you are, the more likes you're going to get. We get that and it is a problem but this story just has no conflict whatsoever and no real explanations. Were this teens really with no opinions and no difficulties on their own? Beside the fact they want to live like stars and be famous we don't get to know them. Are they really brainwashed, shallow, one dimensional characters? If disaffection from them was intentional the situation is even worse. Because stupid or teen, they are still humans. And how are celebrities affected by these actions? Execution of this film is terribly bland, superficial and disappointing but there are solid performances by Emma and Katie. If emptiness is rather the point of the film than there is no point of seeing the film. 2/5

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