Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. You all remember when the news had a frenzy over security cameras in celebrity’s homes catching hooded thieves rampaging through their personal belongings and taking what they wanted. I remember thinking, “that’s ballsy”, others were probably just annoyed. The feelings remained the same when the film, The Bling Ring was released. I thought the story was ballsy and others just seemed annoyed. Most left the theater with thoughts like, “vapid”, “pointless”, “youth, ugh” and so on. Most then attributed their annoyance for the characters to the quality of the film, stating it was bad.
They were wrong. Now, it wasn’t Oscar worthy by any means, but the quality directing was there. Sofia Coppola can be hit or miss for me. Lost in Translation = hit, Somewhere = miss. This was a good effort by Coppola to show quality in her film. It just so happened that the story line is nothing people want to mess with. Teenagers are annoying already, nobody wants to have to deal with their self-centered, vapid selves on screen for two hours and not have any kind of reward for it.
This is why most people felt empty leaving this film. However, people should think about it different. The film got people talking, it had people more aware, if they weren’t already, of the sense of morality for teens these days is greatly lacking compared to the teens of yesterday. Emma Watson and Leslie Mann were the strongest cast members of the film and successfully lead the story down the barren, carefree storyline Coppola was aiming for. For sure, people will either love it or hate it. I was of the latter, however, another watch may change my mind completely .
by Angela Davis