The Bling Ring
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Based on: Nancy Jo Sales‘ article The Suspect Wore Louboutins
Cast: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale
Marc (Israel Broussard) is new to his school but quickly connects with Becca (Katie Chang). The two of them obsess over fashion and celebrities together, which leads to them heading to Paris Hilton’s home when they know she isn’t there. They find the key, they enter, they steal a bit, they tell their friends about it. And then they return and take their friends with them. Pretty soon, robbing celebrities becomes a regular thing for all of them.
I’m not a big fan of Coppola’s work and this movie proved to me again why that was the case. It was weird and boring and generally pretty damn awful.
Their were so many points in the film where I thought that the story had potential if it was explored a bit further (the awkward home-schooling, for example, or the weird high-school). There could have also been made more of the celebrity obsession. But Coppola abandons all these story access points and rather shows us yet another scene where all these kids take selfies and post them on facebook rather than interacting with each other. Or yet another scene where they sing along to rap songs that are probably highly symbolic as well but that I can’t be arsed to decipher.
Though honestly I was rather happy about the karaoke (and the clube scenes), since it marked the only points in the movie where the soundtrack was actual music and not some ambience noise that annoyed the hell out of me and that I just didn’t think very fitting for the film.
I also thought that it was extremely weird that the two people who really got to tell their stories in this were Marc and Nicki (Emma Watson) but that we don’t get to hear a peep from Becca, the instigator and leader of the group. I thought that was a pretty awkward writing choice.
Especially since Emma Watson can’t really act her way out of a paper bag. Yes, she’s very pretty. And I do believe that she really tries very hard. But her acting always looks like she’s trying hard and like she’s acting. It just doesn’t work and it actually made me cringe during the film.
Mercifully, it’s short. It just isn’t short enough.
Summarizing: Skip it. Unless you really want to see the inside of Paris Hilton’s house. In which case I find you a bit creepy but then you should totally go for it.