Cert: 15 Runtime: 90 mins Director: Sofia Coppola Cast: Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien and Leslioe Mann
We’re in L.A. Don’t be such a little bitch!
Not many reasons for me to watch this film apart from Emma Watson and the fact Sofia Coppola. Based on real events (which I never knew about) The Bling Ring is out on limited release in the UK. I was lucky enough to catch it while I could. So it’s the story of a gang of teenagers who stole from Hollywood’s biggest names! Like many teenagers, Nicki (Emma Watson), Sam (Taissa Farmiga), Marc (Israel Broussard) Chloe (Claire Julien) and Rebecca (Katie Chang) are obsessed with celebrities and fashion. Unlike most teenagers, they live in LA – the world epicentre of glamour. So this resourceful, out-of-control quintet decide to take a slice of the lifestyle for themselves. Using the internet to conduct their research, they “go shopping” – by breaking into celebrities’ homes! It’s not long before the gang dubbed the Bling Ring have stolen more than $3 million worth of luxury goods.It is a fascinating story and one that sounds like a terrific set up for a film but the execution is terribly bland. If you have watched the trailer for the film it seems like it is going to be an insane mash-up of partying scenes and what most people are going to be looking forward to Emma Watson and her friends robbing celebrities left and right.
These scenes are in the movie but in the film they are not exciting or insane in any way. The robbing scenes all start off with the group looking up the celebrities house on the internet and then finding out if they are out of town or not. They then proceed to just drive up to the house, get out, walk up the driveway, walk around the house trying to open doors, and then when they find an unlocked one just walk right into the house. The filming is so lazy and simple that these scenes are as exciting as watching your neighbour unlock his front door and go inside after coming home from work. Then the actual robbing parts are just the group picking up the celebrities valuables and then constantly saying “Oh my god this looks hot!” Repeat this process for a good 20 times and you have the first 3/4 of the entire movie.The characters in the film are based on the actual teenagers but their names have been changed. Contrary to the film’s marketing selling Emma Watson as the main character she is actually not the ringleader of the group. Instead it is a girl named Rebecca played by Katie Chang. The film centres on Rebecca and her best friend Marc played by Israel Broussard. Their acting is so average and their interactions are so boring that it is hard to care for them at all.
In fact the only above average performance in the movie is from Emma Watson and surprisingly she only plays a small role in the film until the end of the movie.All together I am not sure who The Bling Ring was made for? The intended audience appeared to be teenagers but with a 15 certificate most of that audience is unable to pay to see it. But at the same time it cannot be for this group because the film tries so hard to be artistic. Case in point one of the heist scenes is a continuous shot of the exterior of a house while the characters are running around inside of it for a good four minutes. So the film is too slow to be for teenagers with small attention spans but it is not relatable or intelligent enough for anyone in their 20’s or older. And as for those Emma Watson fans they should be prepared to be disappointed because she is not even on screen for a large portion of the movie.The Bling Ring is a missed opportunity as it could have been an exciting teenage heist film but is instead a film that tries to be artsy and drags on for way too long.