Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Movie Review: The Bling Ring


Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Claire Julien
I
 am trying to recall why did I want to watch this movie? Maybe because I saw a big poster when we went to see some other movie? Maybe.

Anyway. The storyline was much more interesting than the cast. The movie features Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Emma Watson (amongst many other teenage stars). The story is inspired by actual events, where a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

What started as a childish mischief turns into a costly addiction; despite the involvement of police, the group of teenagers continue to steal luxury goods worth millions from the homes of celebs from Rachel Bilson to Lindsay Lohan. Paris Hilton's actual walk-in wardrobe features in the film, which is a torrent of Juicy Couture sweatsuits, Bulgari jewellery, monogrammed Dior bags, hot pink Louis Vuitton pumps and designs from Rick Owens to Dolce & Gabbana and Herve Leger in its depiction of Valley youths gripped by celeb obsession and label fetishism.

It was fascinating to see closets and dressing tables of celebrities, burgeoning with goodies a girl's dreams are made of. Emma Watson shone out from the crowd,  and played her role really well. Having said that, the whole deal was a little too flimsy for my taste (am I getting too old for these flicks? Maybe!). The stretch was unnecessary, and the whole screenplay could have comfortably be abridged in an hour.

Wanna see some bling, luxury goods and juvenile crimes? This one is for you. If you are under 21, have your girl friends over and a bucket of butter pop - hallelujah!

Some of my favorite stills from the movie:
Emma Watson as Nicki in The Bling Ring 
Katie Chang and Israel Broussard, clicking a picture for Facebook  
Katie Chang with Israel Broussard and Claire Julien at the Beach in The Bling Ring
Claire Julien with Emma Watson - doing the Selfie!


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