The Bling Ring

30 Dec

the bling ringInspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (IMDb)

This is so crazy, it had to be true, right? Anyway, I really liked this. The story is crazy, the characters even more so. The cast all work really well off of each other. I really liked the contrast between Katie Chang’s character (Rebecca) and Israel Broussard’s (Marc). She is the cold calculating ringleader while he is the new kid who wants friends. Then there are Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, and Emma Watson’s characters. Who are all the most vapid, self absorbed, materialistic teenagers ever. And it leads to some comedy gold, especially from Watson’s character, Nicki. The way she spins getting arrested into her 15 minutes of fame is actually quite impressive. It also doesn’t hurt that her mother is absolutely crazy (a fun performance from Leslie Mann). Aside from the comedy, something I really liked was how this story was told. Sofia Coppola doesn’t try to make this into an after school special or try to make any sort of moral point. She simply presents the story in all of it’s shallow, vapid glory. This leads to a somewhat detached feeling, as you watch this collection of scenes unfold, but it works in my opinion. I also really enjoyed the use of facebook pages, red carpet videos, etc. as a way to break things up. This movie isn’t going to do it for everyone, but it worked for me.


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