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Sofia Coppola's portrayal of young, fame-obsessed teenagers living in an equally focussed community shies away from any blunt accusations on Hollywood's part - however she delivers this film in a beautifully shot and written manner. The ensemble cast, made up of Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Isreal Broussard, Katie Chang and Claire Julien, saves the film - these are actresses and actors who grew up during a period where every form of social media acts like ones' own personal version of TMZ, watching them and waiting until they mess up. In the case of the Bling Ring, they messed up big-time, and posted the pictures to Facebook to prove it.
The characters in the film (and their real-life counterparts) began their larceny endeavours on a small scale; simply wanting a taste of glamour, maybe some extra cash. They were desperate somehow - which is something Lee and Prugo may not have noticed about themselves on their first crime spree, as they waltzed down Lee's own street checking car doors and snatching valuables from the open ones. Somehow, even while these girls were young, beautiful and came from well-off families they were still craving something else. Something more.
In the end, the Bling Ring is a film, and a rather well-done film at that. It moves slowly, but fans of Coppola's previous work will be used to this. And it urges the audience to question the characters motives, why are they so obsessed with fame? What is lacking in their current lives?
All in all, I give it a 6/10, worth the watch.