Bling Ring a-ding-ding (by brittany-rose-761-205946)
Coppola executed The Bling Ring perfectly ! It was history repeating itself on the big screen and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Having followed the story from the beginning, I was so excited to see it retold on film. The film as a whole took you into a world of celebrity obsessed, money and fame hungry teens whose actions in reality and film were shocking but so intriguing. Each actor nailed the part of their 'burglar' but Emma Watson stood out playing real life Alexis. The fact the film is based on real events just shows how teens and the world have an appetite for <more>
celebrities. It is a perfect tale of reckless teens not afraid of the consequence. Words cannot describe how well done this movie is.
For Anyone Fascinated by the Fascination of Celebrity Life (by donotdisturbx9)
Let me start of by saying that this movie is quite obviously not for everyone. It has long boring sequences of teens talking and having a great time. This is entertaining to some. I found it quite interesting because of the fact that teens actually behave this way. At least The Bling Ring did. There were scenes when you would just wonder why it was drawn out this long. Why they showed them robbing a house for this long or showing them just basking in their glory. Showing them partying with the money, clothes, and jewelery stolen from all those celebrities. But hello? This is exactly what <more>
you're expecting from a movie like this. What else did you want to see? Just a warning before you read the IMDb or Rotten Tomato reviews. However if you always wondered why people love pop culture and wonder why people obsess over celebrities than this movie is for you. It quite simply tells why.Watson plays a California teenager who's thirst for expensive and luxurious things is just the one thing that stands out about her character. Her character is loosely based off of one of the actual robbers in the Bling Ring, Alexis Neiers. She portrays her great. Even though throughout the movie you'll try to listen for Watson's British accent. The movie will be nothing but boring for people who are not interested in this subject or even interested in the true story about the The Bling Ring robbers. However, if you are interested in the facts about our society's fascination with pop culture then you should definitely watch this movie. The acting is great and who doesn't like to leave their life for a moment and live in the glamor? I like to think of this movie as almost a parody of teen life. However, the fact that these specific teenagers actually acted this way is just funny and amazing to me. It's almost hard not to laugh, but also hard not to sit and realize that this is actually sad. These teens committed a felony crime by stealing millions of dollars worth of clothing and jewelry from human beings who are well known in our world. The movie ends with a sense of justice in after seeing all the good consequences of their actions it also showed equally the negative consequences of their actions. However funny this might be to some, I like the way Sophia Coppola doesn't ignore the fact that this is wrong and disturbing, but than again they are just teenagers having "fun" which doesn't justify their actions but rather explains them. In a way I agree with Emma Watson in her interview that this is kind of a political movie, but I also disagree with her when she says that it's not a parody because it is.
Not since Lost in Translation has a Sofia Coppola movie garnered so much hype...this is how I come to understand the people that think this movie is boring, slow, or what have you. Sofia Coppola makes art house films, the majority of films in said category I'm sure most people would find boring or unengaging. This film is true-to-form for Sofia Coppola, possessing her staple filming techniques and boasts a hipper than now soundtrack. Emma Watson's performance is comic gold, her comment on Californian rich and youngs is bitingly satirical and Leslie Mann comes in every now and then to <more>
amp up the comedic tone...what else could you ask for in a movie? The real show stealer was Kaite Chang...her absent minded, sinfully quiet portrayal of Rebecca is both eerie and captivating.
Well done and exciting, elegant, sexy look at some real life pretty little robbers! (by blanbrn)
"The Bling Ring" is one film to see it will entertain and you will have a feel good time watching these young sexy teenagers live out their big dreams of living like a Hollywood celebrity as it becomes a reality as the homes of the famous are robbed. Based on a true story of the wicked crime spree that occurred in the Hollywood Hills during 2008 and 2009 in the fame sickened world of Los Angeles this little group of teens would target the famous online then steal luxury goods from their homes. The star victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, and <more>
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. And you name it the goods taken ranged from expensive clothes, jewelry, fur coats, and sexy colored bras! The gang would become known as "The Bling Ring".And the events and actions of the group are portrayed perfect by the cast as the chemistry is top notch, it all begins with ring leader Rebecca Katie Chang a cute Asian girl who befriends an outcast in shy boy Marc Israel Broussard it begins with car break ins only one by one it builds up to bigger and better things like robbing the homes of the stars! And to round out the pair of others partners in crime are best friends Laurie the cute Taissa Farmiga and Nicki the hot and sexy Emma Watson . Nicki who appears like a little angel is protected by mom Laurie Leslie Mann ,but underneath this is a mean little princess who's a wicked robber and she loves the spotlight and attention all of the goods brings. Nicki and Sam are both not what they appear to be they are sexy colored bra wearing girls who love the culture of getting what they want at all cost! By the way those scenes of Nicki Emma Watson sporting that sexy red black multi colored bra is so sexy! Emma plays her so innocent yet sexy in a wicked way! Director Sofia Coppola does an excellent job of showing youthful culture and an obsession with today's culture wanting celebrity life and having luxury brand obsession. "The Bling Ring" is one feel good escape film that's provocative, exciting, entertaining, and sexy.
Gucci sunglasses, Chanel purses and exquisite jewelry appear on the screen to the noise pop of "Crown On The Ground" by Sleigh Bells. A parade of luxury introduces you to "The Bling Ring" 2013 in the same passion for still life that we've seen in "Marie Antoinette" 2006 with that lavish wardrobe and cupcakes sequence, perfect to the sound of "I Want Candy" by Blondie.The movie introduces you to a group of teenagers who doesn't really know how to have a serious conversation about anything besides Dior dresses and Paris Hilton's DUY. An <more>
obsession for fame and fashion is what triggers them to track celebrities on the internet in order to rob their homes.Throughout the movie, we never really understand who these kids are. Apart from Marc Israel Broussard , who seems to occasionally reflect about the consequences of their actions, they are simply portrayed as flat personalities, plain selfies, aiming for the celebrity lifestyle. They are just visual figures, perfect in the slow-motion moments captured by Sofia, like the long walk of Rebecca Katie Chang holding a cup of coffee under the California sun.Emma Watson as the self-centered Nicki was a nice surprise. Well, maybe not a surprise, as she played bitchy Hermione for 10 years in the Harry Potter Series, but she captured the character's essence very well and we can see why she's a great actress. Newcomers Katie Chang and Israel Broussard were also flawless in their parts. Let's see where this takes them.You do feel uncomfortable with such shallowness and lack of judgment, but you also feel conflicted with a strange attraction for their "don't give a dam" attitude. By the end of the movie, I admit I was struggling with this feeling for the "Bonnie and Clyde" spirit, but I immediately realized why I was having it. The fact is that all the characters portrayed by Sofia Coppola always look cool, no matter what. We all fell completely in love with awkward Charlotte Scarlett Johansson and strayed Bob Harris Bill Murray in "Lost In Translation" 2003 and Marie Antoinette Kirsten Dunst looked like a rock star after being portrayed by Sofia in the 2006 movie. For God's sake, she turned suicide cool with the Lisbon girls in "The Virgin Suicides" 1999 !So yes, apart from this dark humor, I can understand why some people may see this movie as a dangerous glorification of a wasted Millennial Generation. Despite the detachment and the lack of emotional involvement we have with the characters, there's an attraction in the reckless lifestyle and the perfect, visual way it's portrayed, that speaks to the back of your mind.A few months after the movie was released, a group of random girls crashed into a party in Paris Hilton's Malibu house, went into her bedroom and tried to steal bikinis, handbags and framed pics. They where unsuccessful in their plan, as they were caught and ran away, leaving the loot behind, but they were clearly Bling Ring wannabes. They were just girls, probably in the same age range and maybe seduced by this cinematic portrait.But blaming Sofia Coppola, the actors and all the people who made this movie seems out of place. The fact is that this is, without a shadow of a doubt, an accurate portrait of a self- obsessed, social media generation, completely dominated by reality shows and celebrities. And Sofia made it to perfection.
Very subtle, acerbic, funny and smart. Just be prepared for how realistic it is. (by CipollaM926)
I love this. The direction and acting is stellar with gorgeous cinematography and a raucous soundtrack, all constantly poking fun at the privileged stupidity of the suspects, with their dialogue, intentional fake crying, and dumb white girl mentality.I saw some reviews saying that it didn't explore the motives of the robbers, but the film did: they just wanted fame and its lifestyle. It's pretty simplistic, because they themselves are simple minded. I wasn't bored because the real life events are sensationally entertaining so I was interested the whole time.I loved the social <more>
commentary on these people and their characterization; nothing is made much of because the people are stupid as hell. Marc's homosexuality is ditched because yet it's part of who his is, it's irrelevant to the overall story. Emma Watson cracked me up with her performance, and the acting all around was very good and well suited to given situations, being annoying or "innocent" when it's warranted. She and Israel Broussard gave some good subtle statements which provoke thoughts regarding the severity and motives of their crimes.Many critics and users complained that the characters were one-dimensional and shallow which is partly, but it's completely justified. Sofia Coppola created very real people; the dialogue, actions, and lack of conscience provided insight to how vapid these people really were, and the almost identical characterization of each person shows how lazy and dumb the robbers actually were. I also saw people getting mad at the perceived repetitiveness of the film, but, again, it's to show how lazy the kids were. They robbed celebrities over and over and the repetition displayed here shows, furthermore, how lazy and hedonistic these teens were. It gives a sense of realism to the film.The fact that they filmed this in Paris Hilton's house is great, and - added into the subtly - there are some great jabs at celebrities. They call Paris Hilton's dog the wrong name and show no interest in a script right on Megan Fox's nightstand in lieu of sunglasses and lipstick. I saw that Sofia Coppola said that she wanted to tell the story from the kids' point of view, and it warranted the film to be shallow due to the tone's context. The whole film is very faithful to the real life events, so don't blame the writing for their easy entrances to the stupid celebrities' homes.9.3/10, great, two thumbs up, above average, etc.
A vibrant portrait of a society thats culture is so lost it's hard to decide who you hate more; wannabes or celebrities. (by thejoshl)
Sofia Coppola gets it, she gets this social media generation. How do I know? I'm part of it. I know girls like this; the types that don't believe something exists unless it's been posted on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In her latest film The Bling Ring, Coppola gives us a vibrant portrait of a society thats culture is so lost it's hard to decide who you hate more; wannabes or celebrities.I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of The Bling Ring tonight and if there's one word I could use to describe this film it would be: precise. Every edit intricately <more>
planned to have a purpose. Upon the first time viewing I don't blame people for missing it. The Bling Ring is intentionally scattered, as if the film itself had a serious case of ADD. The attention span of the edit is about as long as the attention span of our narrators. At times when the narrative shifts focus from one character to another the edit changes with them. If you watch it closely you can almost see the film as a thought process, how each character relives the crimes.I loved the way this film was shot. It's interesting, the way we view these characters is almost in the background, as if we the audience are in fact the surveillance camera we remain distant from the people on screen not understanding what drives them or even feeling the thrill of robberies. Don't get me wrong there is tension, but only at very interesting times that aren't because of the fear of the robbery. Even scenes where they are almost caught are shown to us very flat trying to detach us from the characters as much as possible.I've always appreciated Sofia's slow moving dolly shots and they work stunningly in this film. Rarely does a seemingly static shot hold an audiences attention, especially one that takes place outside the house that's being robbed; thanks to the sound design the low ominous tones, as subtle as they are, really drive the scenes.Emma Watson is fantastic. The way she portrays Nicki's vacant need to fulfill her meaningless desires was striking and the accent and voice inflections made the performance all the more impressive. Besides Emma, most of the other girls are forgettable which I enjoyed; at times you can confuse them with one another because they try so hard to be the same style of person.Another thing I loved is the amount of "selfies" these girls take. As Coppola herself said it's as if "your experiences don't count unless you have an audience watching them" and you can really feel that in this film. None of the characters really have any "moments" despite their attempts at proving it.Overall I really enjoyed the film. The entire thing feels like this giant master plan that will need multiple viewing to take in everything Coppola was trying to say. While not as surprising as I thought it was going to be the themes explored near the end of the film were worth the fabulously detailed ride we knew to expect from the trailer.The Bling Ring is a unique social commentary, which on the surface layer is bound to be compared to Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, both giving us their take on sociopathic young teens. Where the films differ thematically is the interesting part. You'll have to figure that one out on your own.For more review visit themoviebloggers.com
An atmospheric, blackly comic look at celebrity obsession (by BertMacklin_9)
Sofia Coppola is one of the most interesting and divisive filmmakers working today. It seems that with every new film she releases there's always a wide array of responses, both positive and negative. And that's very true with her new film, The Bling Ring. Some love it, and some loathe it. I personally enjoyed it very much, and the more I think about it, the more I like it and would maybe even see it again. It's an interesting and atmospheric look at American celebrity and media culture that bleakly shows how we can think being rich and famous can make us "happy." The <more>
film is based on a Vanity Fair article about how in 2008, a group of Californian teenagers 4 girls & 1 boy stole millions-of-dollars worth of clothing and jewelry and possessions from celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, and others. It's a stranger-than- fiction kind of story that could lend itself to exploitation, satire, or even heavy-handed moralizing, but Coppola distances herself from the lurid material and simply displays it as a set of facts. It's a cold, deadpan film, but there's several fascinating moments of insight and darkly funny commentary that make it interesting. It's been compared to Harmony Korine's similar film "Spring Breakers," which also features several young girls trying to experience the media's view of what a fun Spring Break is. Whereas that film is knowingly repetitive in its dialogue and images and very violent and exploitative to get its point across, Coppola goes for a more restrained and almost documentary type of style. In fact, there's several instances where the main action is interrupted and we see scenes of the characters being interviewed after the events or TMZ-like celebrity news stories. The Bling Ring is benefited by its central young actors who give strong, naturalistic performances that feel so live-in that they give an improvisational feel. The leaders of the Bling Ring are Marc Israel Broussard and Rebecca Katie Chang . Marc is the quiet, insecure gay kid who soon is taken under the wing of Rebecca, who's troubled yet confident and cold-as-ice. Broussard is charming and subtly sympathetic and Chang is hyper-perceptive, smart, and cold but not without a conscience. There's Chloe Claire Julien , the loud and outgoing one in the group. Then there's sisters Sam Taissa Farmiga and Nicki Emma Watson . It's interesting seeing Watson in a supporting role since she's arguably the most famous out of the central gang, but it pays off because of Nicki's larger-than-life, self-absorbed Valley Girl personality. Watson is the scene-stealer of the film with her smart and satirical performance that never goes over-the-top and always feels real, which makes the character that much more misguided and tragic. It's early to say something like this, but it's a performance that deserves some Best Supporting Actress recognition. Also very good and inspired here is the always funny Leslie Mann, who plays the flighty mom of Sam and Nicki and teaches them the ever so spiritual teachings of "The Secret." There's a scene near the end of the film between Watson and Mann that is just pure, dark comedy gold. The plot mostly consists of the gang clubbing, breaking into houses, driving around, and trying on clothes. It sounds repetitive, and well, technically it is. But Coppola distinguishes each break-in with its own tone and style and you can very subtly see how the characters change as they become more and more comfortable with invading the houses. For example, the break-in of Audrina Patridge's house is all done in one, long take from outside, across the street as Marc and Rebecca rummage through all her things and run from room-to-room and eventually leave. Another break-in finds Sam cluelessly waving around Megan Fox's pistol without a care in the world. And one of the film's most telling and haunting shots comes when the gang is inside Lindsay Lohan's house and Rebecca stares at the mirror and smiles so genuinely that it almost seems like that's the happiest she's ever been. It's a truly disturbing and haunting moment and the film is full of subtle images that let you into the characters' psyche and ego. But the glue that holds the film together is the dynamic between Marc and Rebecca. There's several poignant and moving moments between the two characters that cut through the film like a knife and let you into the ultimately empty and sad feelings the two characters have. Their scenes and dialogue are so sharply drawn that it reminds you just how gifted of a writer Coppola is as well. So this movie just worked for me. It's not a film that's trying to dig deep into it's subject, and it's not even really interested in telling you all of the details about this group of young robbers. It's ultimately this odd, off-kilter tone poem that's beautiful to look at and at times surprisingly poignant and hilarious. And lastly I'd like to mention the great and legendary work of cinematographer Harris Savides, who, during shooting this film, passed away from brain cancer. The film is dedicated to him.
Well-made and surprisingly enjoyable (by katie-uno)
Similar to another reviewer, I saw an early screening of The Bling Ring back in April. My initial reaction after watching the film was somewhat nondescript – a little disappointed, but overall unsure if I enjoyed it or not. Upon watching and reading interviews with Sofia Coppola, however, I believe that that uncertain feeling is exactly the reaction she intended to imbue in audiences. The Bling Ring does not so much act as a commentary on the characters' fame and money driven actions by clearly defining the characters as young, immature, selfish, amoral, or loathsome. Instead, it allows <more>
the audience to form their own opinion by capturing these characters behaving in ways that not even they, especially Israel Broussard's character, always find moral, yet are always rooted in their obsession with fame and luxury.By planting big names into the film i.e. Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, and her own , Sofia Coppola is luring in audiences who, to whatever degree, can relate to the characters and their celebrity fascination. Publicity for the movie attempts to appeal to this audience genre by pushing the two biggest names associated with the film to the forefront of its promotions– Sofia Coppola and Emma Watson. Most of the film's promotional posters consist of the film's title and Sofia Coppola's writing and directorial credit foregrounding an image with Emma Watson prominently in the middle of the main cast. These techniques allude that Watson, being the biggest star, acts as the ringleader; however this is not the case. On Emma's official Twitter, she even attempts to dissolve this misconception: "I don't really 'star' in the Bling Ring. I am probably 3rd/4th of the lead characters. In case media/marketing is a bit misleading. The awesome Israel Broussard and Katie Chang take the helm. #BlingRing." Most of the general audience that will see this movie will probably be disappointed by the lack of Emma Watson screen time and will savor every lip lick, pole dance, and 'valley-girl' delivered line. However, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga hold their own with all the Hollywood veterans and provide a breath of fresh air to all the summer action blockbusters that, while enjoyable, can become predictable, tiresome, and forgettable in a sea of similar films.Coppola mixes the excitement of drugs, clubs, guns and car crashes with scenes that some might describe as downright slow and boring. However, the fluctuating pace highlights Coppola's unwillingness to make the film into an easily generic story about teens that get caught up on the wild side only to inevitably get caught by authority. Instead, the film captures a sense of realism that reflects the characters own attitudes by depicting the initial excitement, eventual banality, and growing need to 'up the ante' while attempting to emulate the Hollywood "good life". The film's final scene leaves the audience unsure of how to react, but curiously wanting more.While the film is by no means a blockbuster nor a film that most of my personal friends add to their lists of favorites, I believe that if you allow yourself to step back from the superhero, zombie, and other action-packed movies that are dominating theaters this summer, then The Bling Ring becomes a beautifully crafted and thoroughly enjoyable yet self-reflective piece on the dynamics between the celebrity-status and the audience/fan.