REVIEW:The Bling Ring

About THE BLING RING (official synopsis):
“From Oscar award winning writer and director Sofia Coppola, THE BLING RING tells the story, based on actual events, of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarize celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, we see through the members of the ‘Bling Ring’ temptations that almost any teenager would feel. What starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of our culture today.

THE BLING RING stars Emma Watson alongside incredible new talent Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga. The film also features Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, and real-life Bling Ring victim, Paris Hilton and is based on the celebrated Vanity Fair article The Suspects Wore Louboutins by Nancy Jo Sales. Harper-Collins is publishing THE BLING RING: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked The World in Spring 2013.”


 “The Bling Ring” follows Marc (Israel Broussard), a noob to the LA scene; Rebecca (Katie Chang); Nicki (Emma Watson<3 ), Chloe (Claire Julien), and Sam (Taissa Farmiga) who are all best friends immersed in the high life. When Marc comes to town he immediately befriends the group. Marc and Rebecca become closer than the rest, he even states his love for her like she’s a sister through a voiceover. She introduces him to the world of stealing by simply opening car doors and grabbing whatever they can. (Cue typical partying/druggie scenes).

Next, houses such as Paris Hilton (which they get in because she leaves her keys under the mat. True story!), Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and others. They eventually get the entire group to participate until they get caught. Not even kidding, this is the movie.

   Although we were supposed to feel sorry for these teens, and their “temptations,” feeling anything was the problem with The Bling Ring. They made it very clear with the plethora of club scenes that these were teens who liked to party and be apart of the high society that is being a celeb. My problem was determining whether these scenes actually meant anything. (They also take selfies. LOTS OF SELFIES!! Talk about wasted film!) When they all went off to jail, I was like “Bai Felicia!” No emotion. I didn’t really care much for them.

The only bling ringer who showed any promise was Emma Watson’s character, Nicki. She was the most loveable character throughout! The whole thing was one big trip down the stairs, ending with a face plant. Ouch. Haha.

WHAT I’D CHANGE: A plot would have made this movie ten thousand times better. Also, sentimental connections between the characters and the audience. Maybe they could have shown their broken homes? A reason why they were jaded? At least something to make the audience like the characters. I think if a movie could make the audience love these shallow characters in some way, they could do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. I give this movie 2/5 stars.

The cinematography was off the chain. If anything, go see the movie because of that, and this.

That is all.

Love, Maya Anjelica Murillo
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