July 03, 2013

The Bling Ring (2013)

The Bling Ring (2013)
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Country: USA / UK / others

Review: Sofia Copolla’s “The Ring Bling” is an observant film in tones of mockery that exposes the whimsical state of mind of a group of five teenagers, whose obsession for fame and luxury led them to rob several celebrities' houses in L.A. The plot was based on the real events reported by TMZ in 2011, when they denounced burglaries that victimized Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge, and Orlando Bloom, among others. Although depicted with apparent superficiality, the characters were interesting to follow through their natural immaturity and mischievous behavior. I believe the filmmaker chose this type of characterization on purpose by following the assumption that there’s not much to show or dig in such frivolous characters, unless their stupid talks about clothes and shoes, and drug consumption. The natural and convincing performances from the young cast were fundamental for the film’s success, leading this modern society's satire to realistic levels that are worrying. Copolla did a great job by capturing all the relevant details that were important to create visual attractiveness. However, some more tension could have been added in several scenes, especially those inside the robbed houses. “The Bling Ring” certainly will not stand among her best works, but it didn’t disappoint me either, making me smile quite often with its sarcastic humor.

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