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I thought this film was so so, I liked the theme of the film and how it looked but I thought the story was not developed well and the characters were kind of empty. I do not think this film is worth seeing on the big screen but I suggest renting it when it comes out on DVD. Coppola does not judge or praise her characters and I liked that but in the same time it made the film feel indifferent and unimportant somehow. The cast does a good job, however the characters are not given much depth so a lot of their talents are wasted. I found it a bit frustrating that the film did not offer a point of view, I know that was done so the audience can decide for themselves but I still would have wanted one.
I have split feelings about this film, one the one hand I liked how well Coppola can convey our society’s longing for material things, on the other hand I thought that the characters were not developed enough. I felt that the film did not really have any dramatic impact, yes it was stylish and provocative in some ways but I still missed the drama. Coppola did not judge these characters, actually she did not take sides at all and while I think it is good, I also think that it made the film mediocre and a bit frustrating. So, as you can see I am conflicted about this film and I think you need t o see it for yourself to find out if you liked it or hated it.
Wow, did I LOVE this movie! It's absolutely absurd, dramatic, and hilarious in so many unexpected ways. I would even venture to proclaim this to be one of the best films of the year, it's so utterly relevant to everything in our lives in 2013. The obsession with celebrity has gotten so ridiculously out of hand that anything Sofia Coppola shows is entirely plausible - and the scary thing is that the whole story is based on real life events! Imagine being so obsessed with celebs and the high life that you actually become a convicted felon for it! Would you go to those lengths just to get a taste of the so-called "good life" and then end up with a "bad life"? I wouldn't. But it's open to interpretation. The teen stars are all good and they play their parts with aplomb. I don't like seeing Emma Watson so sexualized butshe still manages to walk away with the lion's share of the credit. Kudos to all.
I really enjoyed this movie even though I will be the first to admit that it is Sofia Coppola's least impressive work to date. It will probably be a big hit with teens and tweens who want to see how their contemporaries wormed their way into the homes of Hollywood socialites and celebs with just their laptops and smart phones. The movie is an interesting commentary on what life has become for America that once dreamed of picket fences and comfortable retirements. Instead, now we dream about being photographed at every turn by the papparazzi and performing crazy antics that go viral in an instant. It's sort of like the cautionary tale of 1984, only way flashier and much less cynical. In a world where the top shows are Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is it a wonder our values are a reflection of the tabloids? Or are the tabloids a reflection of us? Food for thought. If we have retained the ability to think at all.
I was a bit scandalized to see my favorite actress IN THE WORLD Emma Watson acting like a two-bit trampolina in this movie (I still think of her as the practically perfect in every way Hermion Granger) but there's a point to all of the debauchery - and it isn't just for the sake of titillation. Watson plays the sort of ring leader of a bunch of SoCal teens who think that their greatest purpose in life is to become rich and famous - or, failing that, get just a small taste of the Good Life by robbing celebs like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie. It's a commentary on what we as a society have come to value - and I think Sofia Coppola does a lot with the theme. The whole cast is really good (especially my girl Emma) and the music in the movie is pretty phenomenal. I would say this is probably gonna be a bigger hit with the younger crowd than the older ones - and it just might also inspire a few copycat crimes if I know my generation. Yikes!
Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring is one of those movies that makes you think and despair at the same time. It’s well-made and pretty to look at, but if you really ponder the macro and microcosms that Coppola inhabits in the film, it’s hard not to feel pessimistic about the future of humanity. Especially if that humanity knows more about the contents of Paris Hilton’s closet than it does about Obamacare.
Though I would strongly advise anyone watching the film to think of it as more fiction than doc**entary, the movie purports itself as a “ripped from the headlines” retelling of an infamous episode in which a group of social media crazed teens wormed their way into the mansions of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan and walked off with a treasure trove’s equivalent of designer clothes and accessories. Did they do it for the stuff? For the notoriety? Or simply because – as the movie strongly infers – these are the things of value in our culture today?
The young cast does well with the material its given, though Emma Watson is kind of a disappointment in her Valley Girl routine which seems a bit of a stretch for her. She’s all naughty and no nice in this story – and at time she seems to be completely exploited for the pure sake of titillation, an oddity considering this is a feature from not just a female director, but an intelligent one at that. The movie is more style than substance in the end, but it still makes for a decent show.
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