Wednesday, 18 December 2013

"I'd like to have my own lifestyle" THE BLING RING REVIEW

I remember reading about the real events that The Bling Ring is based on in the US gossip mag The National Enquirer and laughing at the irony. Treating these kids who had committed an invasive crime like the celebrities of whom they robbed from. There is definitely a dark sense of humour to this story.

The movie, directed by Sofia Coppola, is successful in illustrating this irony. A scene where Emma Watson's character Nicki is describing her time in prison, the interviewer is more interested in asking about Lindsay Lohan, who was in the cell next door, and even invites the viewers to follow Nicki's web page.

The film is based on the Vanity Fair article about the audacious burglaries of the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom. The Bling Ring, as the burglars became known, would rob using the aid of Twitter, Google Earth, TMZ and other social media. Stealing designer handbags, underwear, cigarettes, clothes and heirloom jewellery, (worth over $3,000,000 in total), they would wear it all over their Facebook pages and thrill in the chance of seeing a celebrity in a night club while wearing their clothes.

Obviously, it all falls apart. But they delight just as much at seeing themselves covered by the same news sites that they follow their heroes through. There is temptation to blame the way they are raised for these crimes. Some of the girls are home schooled The Secret by their mother, others are the product of divorce and alcoholic parents. And they are raised by their idols, the celebrities, and the likes of MTV shows like The Hills, and the E! network. They are taught that it is important to be like these people. It is suggested that they robbed these particular celebrities to they could be like them more. When the character of Rebecca is told that Lindsay Lohan was informed about her, she wanted to know what Lohan thought of her...

This film definitely knows what angle it wants to take, and doesn't falter from it. You understand why these kid would want to do it, and laugh at just how easy it is to do (Doors left unlocked! Hilton leaving the key under the door mat!), and it also gives you a chance to laugh at the vanity of these kids. There is also a hint that these celebrities almost deserve it too. In a scene that speaks loudly of its metaphor, the camera is suspended looking down on a glass cube of a house, and you can clearly see Rebecca and Marc thieving. These celebrities that insist on telling us everything about them shouldn't really be surprised if people then want a bit of it for themselves.

Coppola's directing is up to her usual standard, although I do have a love hate relationship with her films. The camera work is good, the soundtracks atmospheric, but it all seems a bit too hipster and aware of itself to be a truly immersive experience. Luckily for this film, the detachment and club-based soundtrack does give you a sense of what the characters mindsets are like. Like the characters, this film is too self-indulgent to be truly enjoyable. 5/10


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