While based on real events, the characterisation seems acutely influenced by 'To Die For', with echoes of 'Catfish' in theme. It's a zeitgeist film about our idolatry of celebrity, the cult of VIP and subverting the American Dream through the naive 'online' idealism of youth that descends into delinquency. Not as groundbreaking as some of Coppola's other films, but certainly stylish and with a clear message.
(spoiler) This works. Sofia does not try, it seems to me, to overexplain or contextualize social phenomena. She follows the lives of teenagers in a society that produces lives like this. Idolizing a certain lifestyle. There are some virtues in what is shown here. You can become a star, even if just for 15 minutes, by going to prison. If you get on the news. The film does show that. Reality turned into Reality show.
I expected more from Sofia Coppola. A mediocre indictment of the bankrupt state of modern celebrity culture in Hollywood that does not warrant the time it takes to watch. The best part about this story is that Paris Hilton is so rich that she could be robbed 5 times before she even noticed.
Every celebrity is a Sun King or Queen, without whom a garden of plebeian fanatics would wither on the branch, pining. The Bling Ring is about a radical religious sect dedicated to the collection of divine relics by any means necessary. Viewed in conjunction with Marie Antoinette, the film fumbles toward a thesis about the persistence of magical hierarchies even as money charms all custom into air.
A group of social climbing teenagers get rich by breaking into celebrity homes and stealing money, designer clothes, and jewelry, living the high life on the backs of the rich and famous. Based on a true story, Sofia Coppola's stylish film is often as shallow as its subjects, which is kind of the point, but I would have liked if it had delved deeper into the culture of celebrity that gave birth to these kids.
The Bling Ring at it's best comes off as a beautifully black, scathing attack on celebrity wealth. For the most part though it's hindered by repetitive scenes with a lack of story development. It serves more as a vignette on privileged youth than anything else as the characters are largely the same at the end as they were at the start. 2.5 stars
never have 90 minutes gone by so slowly... the plot was repetitive with no substance, in the beginning the events were fun but they tired out eventually. Sofia's worst film. and i thought there couldn't be nothing worst than Marie Antoinette
A Charlie White photograph at 24 frames per second. All the specific lifestyle satire and criminal boredom felt like it was ready to erase Degrasi and other sincere teen melodramas from all existence. What stopped me from loving this movie was the lack of tension to the narrative. Something felt distant comparably. But to be honest, the best thing about the movie is Emma Watson's performance! She's a darling.