The Bling Ring (2013) – review

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Emma Watson and co play burglars of the rich and famous in Sofia Coppola’s – based on a true story – The Bling Ring.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Sofia Coppola is now an established film director, with titles such as Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides to her name. She returns this year with a movie based on the true story of the Beverley Hills Burglaries.

Rebecca (Katie Chang) makes friends with the Marc (Israel Broussard) the new guy in school, and introduces him to a life of crime. What starts off as stealing wallets and bags of cocaine from unlocked cars, turns into stalking the whereabouts of high-profile celebs, in order to break into the homes when they are away. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Claire Julien (Wally Pfister’s real life daughter) join along for the ride.

The gang search on gossip websites such as TMZ and E! to find out where the likes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Megan Fox are, before breaking into the houses and stealing their clothes, jewellery and money. They do all this without covering up their faces or wearing gloves, and then going on to brag to everyone they see. It was only a matter of (short) time before they got caught

The look and tone of the film is great as is the bouncing soundtrack. What did leave me a little disappointed was that the movie was a little monotonous for the first hour. The gang go from celeb house and then to a party, celeb house and then to a party for the majority of the time. If we do have a break from the repeating pattern, it’s only because they have gone to a shop to try on some clothes. Soon after though, it’s back to breaking into a house again.

Overall, The Bling Ring is enjoyable and interesting, especially since this is a true story based, not only the robberies, but the obsession many have with people currently in the limelight.

3 / 5 stars     

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