This isn't the usual film that would end up under my watch-list, but considering Emma Watson has entertained me more often than not, I was interested. Like many readers, I was brought up on Harry Potter, but even after that, Watson continued to show promise for me with The Perks to Being a Wallflower. A very good movie, by the way.
The Bling Ring was a modest box-office success, making more than double its budget. Reviews for the film were mixed to positive.
As you might expect, the film follows a group of teenagers that break into celebrity houses. They find the addresses of celebrities, see when they'll be out of town, and that's when they strike. The film offers a look at society's obsession with celebrities and the importance put on being famous.
Some of the characters don't have a whole lot of development. It's a toss-up between Emma Watson's character, Nicki Moore, and Israel Broussard's role as Marc Hall. Neither of which are truly ever established either beyond a couple of true-points. We know that Marc has social-anxiety and he expresses occasional caution during the crimes. Meanwhile, Nicki only shows twitches of life when she is in-front of the paparazzi or doing an interview.In that sense, she's a success, but when you consider that there's the whole rest of the movie without life, it loses a little of its strength.
The rest of the characters are there to say "Oh my God," at clothing, but other-wise we don't really know too much about them.
The characters are every bit as annoying and unlikeable as any reasonable person would expect for them to be. There was never the hope of anything different from this film. After all, it follows a bunch of very inconsiderate and materialistic teens stealing for kicks. Sofia Coppola remembers this while filming. She seems self-aware of what her characters are, and while keeps knowledge of what they, she attempts to capture what they might have been feeling.
Unfortunately, for the most part of the film, it is unable to capture my interest. I never expected a lot of character development or chemistry between the characters, but I wanted for there to be something more than a glossed over psychological analysis. They commit the crimes because they are obsessed with celebrities, but they never delve to anything more than that. Marc Hall has social-anxiety. Character 101 tells us that he'll be the voice of reason in the film. Except, beyond being occasionally reluctant, he hardly ever did anything at all whatsoever. It was as if the entire build to his character was added as a "bonus" into the script that plays no part in story progression.
I am not saying that's what I wished they would have done, but I think they could have definitely done this film in a better and more effective way. (1) Insist the bumbling elements of peer pressure for Marc, the person that the character is based on claims that he was reluctant to do crimes but didn't want to lose his friends. (2) Spend more time on the characters and not the "act" of what they are doing. It seems by nature they could have had more scenes with the characters talking and explaining their rational and justification behind their actions.
If there is one thing that I will praise about this film, it's those scenes with Nicki Moore (Emma Watson) in-front of the paparazzi. Especially toward the home-stretch, the film finally seemed to find an identity. It's "bullshit with a smile" through glossy-eyed narcissism and satirical comedy done well. Her character is the standout of the film. Her character is the only one that seems to try and churn anything out from the concept.
It's dumb, but it's kind-of dumb that we've actually seen happen.
In conclusion, the film doesn't offer much more than what it seems to be on the surface. A shallow depiction of a couple teenagers that are obsessed with celebrities that rob them. It doesn't try to do much with anything of the characters, but the idea behind Nicki Moore, as well as the portrayal from Emma Watson lets it be more appealing.
It is shot well. I liked the zoomed out scene of one of the houses being robbed, and there's a raucous track to fit the mood. In the end, however, it's nothing special.
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