Friday, 27 December 2013

The Bling Ring - Phil's Five Words for Film

The Bling Ring A bunch of vacuous, spoilt, rich, celebrity-obsessed losers get robbed by a bunch of their equals. End of story. There is very little to recommend with this film, written and directed by Sophia Coppola and based on real events. The plot is paper-thin and the characters are so superficial that it is difficult to sympathise with either the stupid perpetrators or their stupid victims. Who leaves a key to a million dollar mansion under a doormat? People like Paris Hilton. People who don't miss the 'bling' property that they probably didn't know they owned. These people stole millions before anyone noticed. It is a sad reflection on people in society who know the price of everything and the value of nothing and hold fame above all else. The cast ( Emma Watson,  Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Claire Julien ) do a respectable job of portraying those involved as hateful, empty people who have an unhealthy obsession with money, celebrity and its trappings. By the final scenes I loathed everyone involved. There is no development of the characters or anything special about the style of the direction. At just over an hour and a half, it is mercifully short and that is the best I have to say. A film with very little to it, about people with very little about them and only equally shallow people could find this film inspiring. Vapid. "OMG! like whatever, no way, handbags!"

2 out of 10.
Cert 15 (uk)

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