Sofia Coppola’s movies are hit and miss for me (loved Lost in Translation, found Marie Antoinette a bit meh) so I was keen to see her latest, The Bling Ring. A vacant iciness seeps into Coppola’s work sometimes and it’s particularly chilling in Bling, which revolves around a group of vain, dead-eyed LA brats whose main hobby is robbing celebrity homes while the stars are out.
Paris Hilton, Audrina Partridge, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan all cop it, not least because their addresses are easy to find online and they’ve left the door open! Once inside, the gang calmly pinch whatever catches their eye: couture, cash, drugs, a loaded gun. (The fact that they snap endless photos of themselves with their hauls then post the pix on Facebook also clearly makes them candidates for the Dumb and Dumber sequel.)
Bling is based on a real story and the ensemble cast features Harry Potter star Emma Watson. Her character is home-schooled by her nutbag mother (Leslie Mann) in new-age ideas closely aligned with The Secret. Visualising what you want and bringing it into your life? This kid learned her lessons well.
Overall, it’s an intriguing and scary look into how easily, in our online ‘everyone’s a celebrity’ culture, the lines can be blurred between right and wrong, star and wannabe. For this group of kids, those lines simply don’t exist.
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