Written June 17, 2013
The move is decent and the performances are great, especially Emma Watson but it was lacking a real visceral sense of emotion. The only time I felt anything was during a car accident. I feel like with this type of subject matter, Coppola could have really went below the surface instead of just giving us the vapid portrayal of adolescent life on the West Coast. Also, she is normally good with music but opening the movie with a Sleigh Bells song that has already been used a hundred times on MTV shows with the same "youth gone wild" themes was an anticlimactic way to start and sadly continued with current rehash tracks that fit the same bill ala M.I.A. etc.
Written August 20, 2014
When this movie was over, I looked at my friends and said "really?". It just never seemed to gel into a narrative that left the watcher with a solid impression. The actors were good, for the most part , but the story was told in a linear fashion; first this happened, then this happened , and since most people already knew the outcome from the news, nothing was illuminated. The movie seemed stuck in the vapidity of the characters in it, so there are no insights to take away from it. Too bad, I was looking forward to it!
Written June 24, 2013
I had a couple of hours to kill today. So, I rested my case on Coppola's "fame", and bought a ticket to go in. Half an hour into the flick, I realized I was duped. The plot is about a bunch of innocent, or foolish/stupid kids, led by the Chang girl, burglarizing houses of celebrities to snatch their expensive jewelries. I kept asking myself, are the houses of these celebrities, Linsay Lohan, Paris Hilton.... really like open doors. The kids pretty much "walked" in and vandalize their places, super easy. I was amazed. I thought, "Why didn't I think of doing that? I could have been super rich that way!" Well, it was supposed to be comedic. There were indeed a few giggles in the dark. But... far and between I'd say. One more trick Sofia is up her sleeve, riding on the Coppola name. Because the movie seems to be teen-friendly, it likely will do well at the box office. Doing well at the box office does not equate to artistic accomplishment. This one is concrete proof.
Written June 16, 2013
Sofia Coppola, you hit the nail on the head with your brilliant self. Emma Watson, you are a hilarious genius. I don't understand why the best movies get limited releases, barely any advertisement, and no one goes to see them. This is true for some of the best films of 2013 "Mud," "Spring Breakers," and "The Bling Ring." Emma Watson perfected Alexis Neiers, as Leslie Mann did with the Mom. I was literally laughing at every line---which could partially be because I live in L.A. and am surrounded by girls like them so it's nice to see them truthfully represented onscreen. The script is extremely well written, acted to the tee, and the score just brings it home. There's not a better feeling in the world than leaving a theater giddy because the movie you just saw was so good. Go see "The Bling Ring"!! It's hilariously brilliant!!!
Written July 25, 2014
Sofia Coppola does it again with with based on real life story where she so aptly captivates the pubic's obsession with hollywood and all the fakeness it encompasses.