Posted by: greercn | July 15, 2013

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola’s thoughtful film can be seen as a comment on reality TV and the nature of obsession with celebrity. You can also enjoy it as a straighforward tale of how crime might pay very well indeed.

Star struck teenagers decide to rob a select group of the rich and famous. It’s based on a true story that was the subject of an article in Vanity Fair magazine titled “The Suspect Wore Louboutins” and written by Nancy Jo Sales, who gets a screenwriting credit here.

If you have no interest in shopping, premium brands and the lives of celebrities, you may find this very slow and not enjoy it at all.

For me, the distinctly artsy flavour and the great young cast made it a very interesting film to see.

The so-called adults – featuring Gavin Rossdale and Leslie Mann – are just as driven by the nonsensical pseudo-psychologies as the kids are. The film slyly gets to the centre of why Los Angeles can look so very flaky to the rest of us.

Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Emma Watson lead a fine young cast who appear to be having no fun while partying and dressing up. There is quite a lot of casual use of drugs and alcohol.

All in all, this slight material gets some depth in Sofia Coppola’s deft hands. But it’s really only for you if you know your Louboutins from your Blahniks and your Paris Hilton from your Lindsay Lohan.

The soundtrack is terrific and annoying, in equal parts, as I am not a big hip hop fan.

A mostly young and female Stratford East Picturehouse audience liked it very much. They appeared restless during the long and lingering shots of burglary, but I thought these scenes were among the best and offered some biting comment on society in general.

At the risk of spoiling it for you, the young felons became big celebrities. Go figure.

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