The Bling Ring

Reviewed for Empire Online as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013:

Lighter and more accessible than the likes of Lost In Translation, Coppola’s fifth feature is perceptive, funny and deceptively knowing, combining her usual recurring themes (privilege, celebrity culture, adolescent isolation, young girls trying to find their place in the world) to enjoyably entertaining effect. Though sold in some quarters as Emma Watson’s star vehicle, the film is actually best described as an ensemble piece, with her spoiled, club-hopping princess only part of the titular, fame-obsessed gang who break into celebrities’ homes in order to nab their expensive gear. Continue reading…