The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring posterSofia Coppola’sThe Bling Ring draws comparisons to Harmony Korine’s Spring breakers. Both films portray American teenagers as superficial, aimless figures obsessed with celebrity culture and rap music. While Harmony Korine’s picture fully embraces the vacuity of its characters, his film featuring a subtle and fantasy-like glossy surface finely reflecting its subject, Sophia Coppola however fails at giving concrete form to this apparent emptiness.

The first 40 minutes feature a series of repetitive scenes, with dialogues consisting mostly of variations of “oh my god”. We follow the wannabe-scenesters breaking into the houses of several Los Angeles stars where they do their “shopping” based on what they saw in women’s magazines. We watch them admire the shoes and purses collections from victims such as Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan. We also see them going for joy rides in stolen luxury cars, taking drugs and spending money in nightclubs, all of this being of documented on their Facebook accounts. The filmmaker obviously wants to portrait a specific group of wealthy, careless teenagers blinded by their illusions and unaware of the severity of their actions, but she is never able to share the characters’ fun with the spectator who quickly gets bored watching redundant sequences.

To her credit, Sophia Coppola tries to tackle this true story with lightness and irony. Some celebrities have cameos playing their own role – Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton – and there are a few good moments – most particularly a depiction of a bored rich family life. The Bling Ring however misses the mark when the second part of the story comes, from the arrest to the media coverage, the trial and the aftermath where the girls try to capitalize on their 5 minutes of fame. The movie would probably have gained focusing on this twisted exploitation of fame; it unfortunately spends too much time dragging, stuck in its own superficiality, leaving the audience frustrated about all the missed opportunities.

Director: Sofia Coppola – Actors: Emma Watson, Claire Julien – Running Time: 1:30 – Year: 2013 – Country: USA

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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