The Bling Ring Movie Review
A group of teenage girls break into the homes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan to steal their bling in The Bling Ring, the latest from director Sofia Coppola. Don't be angry with me, because I just revealed the entire plot of this almost-good but ultimately shrugworthy film.
The Bling Ring stars Israel Broussard, Katie Chang and Emma Watson as a bunch of Los Angeles socialite-wannabes who live vicariously through the riches of others - the celebrities they idolize. The high school students move from one unlocked house to the next stealing money, clothes, jewelry and drugs with little regard for their actions. The movie serves as a satire of our celebrity-obsessed culture, where idiocy and even criminal acts are valued more than intelligence and contributions to society.
The problem... there just isn't much to the movie itself.
Sofia Coppola is a talented director and The Bling Ring is, technically, a well made film. The movie looks great and, scene by scene, it's entertaining. There are quite a few funny moments even though the movie isn't strictly a comedy, and Coppola does a good job of slowly but steadily winding her characters tighter and tighter until things spiral out of control.
The highlight of the movie is the performance by Emma Watson, who plays a sniveling, self-obsessed hottie who believes that talking about charities and other social projects is enough to mask her own shallowness. It's no surprise that Coppola turns to Hermione Granger , and her character, to complete the film.
Unfortunately, the movie lacks synergy, plot and purpose. While funny and generally well done, The Bling Ring goes from one robbery to the next in a very repetitive manner. Nothing new happens. Even when the walls start collapsing in on the characters, nothing really happens. That may be the point Coppola wants to convey...
But I just don't care. I didn't care, and I still don't.
If I wanted to watch something about nothing, I could have stayed home and watched episodes of "Seinfeld." Satires are great, as long as they are entertaining and still tell a story. The Bling Ring fails in this regard. While far from terrible, The Bling Ring is also far from good and serves as one of Sofia Coppola's weaker films.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.