Film Review: The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring - Thoughts

It's just coming up to 2.30am and I have just finished watching The Bling Ring, by Sofia Coppola. In all honesty, the only reason I watched this film was because I'm a huge fun of Emma Watson.
I only had a vague idea of what the film was about, but I didn't really know too much, hadn't read any reviews or anything. The main thing I especially didn't know about this film, was that it was based on true events. I did some research into the real life 'bling ring' and it turns out, back in 2010 a group of teens had been breaking into celebrities homes and stealing from them. Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge were among some of the celebrities whose homes had been burgled by the self proclaimed 'bling ring'. So the film, is a dramatised representation of these events. Although I wasn't a massive fan of the film, I have to say that the stylistic choices of the filmmaking are really effective. The film is comparable to 'Spring Breakers', the way it was shot and edited, lots of long. slow motion shots of teens drinking, doing drugs and playing with guns. The teens fantasise about the celebrity lifestyle and the film glamourises this by showing them doing drugs and drinking copious amounts of alcohol, in a positive light. It shows the fun, crazy partying side of drink and drugs as opposed to the negative effects. This shows how the teens are obsessed with that lifestyle and how they recreate the experience within their friendship group. I think Sofia Coppola was trying to show the celebrity lifestyle that we see on E!, Just Jared, TMz and not to mention the celebrities themselves now on social media sites posting 'selfies' in desirable places.. we only see a certain part of the celebrities life but we look up to it and can't help but want to have a taste of that lifestyle. Another thing I noticed was that, despite how the teens were committing these crimes, the celebrities homes were unlocked, or just had keys hidden under the mat, despite all the valuable possessions. Obviously this doesn't excuse the crimes, but I just found it interesting because it's almost like an open invitation, like they think "nobody would break into my house!". I wasn't crazy about the film but overall, I do feel it's a fair depiction of the events and the motivations. I also didn't realise that part of the film was shot inside Paris Hilton's actual house! As well as being a drama, this film is also advertised as a comedy and there are few moments I found mildly amusing so it wasn't all serious, Leslie Mann was in it and she always makes me laugh. One more note, as much as I like Emma Watson, I thought the casting of her was quite odd, she is good but they could of just cast an American girl and would of been just as good. I think it's just because of the advertising, more people will watch it because she's in it...that's the only reason I watched it! 

The film scored 6/10 on IMDB, which I think is fair.