I’m quite lucky when it comes to the industry I work in. Not only is it a creative environment to be in, I’m also lucky enough to receive the chance to get a first look at a number of things. In this instance, Digital Cinema Media’s #DCMTuesday. These special tuesday screenings have given me a first look at The Place Beyond the Pines and The Great Gatsby in recent months all at some quite stunning locations. The latest DCMTuesday was nice enough to give us creative types a first look at Sophia Ford Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
The trailer for the movie is quite promising, a warts and all look at the story of five teenagers who thought a five finger discount was more appetising than actually staying out of trouble. Of course the big draw for this movie has to be the choice to cast this generation’s blooming starlet, Emma Watson as part one of the key members of ‘The Bling Ring’. Watson definitely doesn’t disappoint. She was brilliant in the cinematic adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and shines in The Bling Ring.
The overall premise of the movie also was something that shone in quite an odd way. The fact that these teenagers managed to get away with it for so long leaves much to the imagination. Copolla’s movie makes it clear to see that the character Rebecca Ahn was the ring leader to the gang, fuelling her want to be part of the growing celebrity obsessed culture that’s been taking over the internet like a heatwave and Katie Chang definitely manages that.
I just couldn’t help but feel sorry for the character Marc Hall. Trying to fit in, he is overwhelmed by the friendship that he makes with Ahn and in turn becomes an accomplice not on purpose, but somewhat accidentally as a side effect of trying to find his footing socially. Watson’s character Nikki puts it quite simply, ‘It all comes back to, like, bad choices, who you have as your friends’. In this case, Marc simply made a friendship with someone that lead to him joining a crime ring.
The small things in this movie play the biggest parts. Copolla has a keen eye for inserting small bits of rib tickling humour into the movie. I’ll forewarn you, the scene with the high heels will leave you with tears in your eyes. The unfortunate downside to this though falls into the bits where not much actually happens. Scenes such as the ring walking down the high street, Starbucks in hand, ended up leaving me a bit cheated. Feeling as though there was a need to pad out the movie with moments of things that were quite boring.
Overall the movie was a decent watch. It was 90 minutes long and had things happening in it, but leaving the cinema, I couldn’t quite help but feel it was all a bit superficial. I’d watched a movie that was retelling a true unbelievable story, but it felt a bit hard to describe whether I’d lost the last hour and a half or watched something that was a clear critique on the society we live in. One thing it did lead me to doing was wanting to look more into the true story about the quintet of burglars in the making, and of course remembering to make sure I’ve locked all the doors and windows if I leave the house anytime soon!