Sofia Coppola’s Bling Movie Review

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Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker with a certain flair and sensibility, often turning her privileged protagonists into love-it-or-hate-it films that either strike an unexpectedly universal chord (Lost in Translation) or feel hollow and empty (Marie Antoinette). Her latest effort, The Bling Ring, is a surprisingly good example of what she does best.

Based on actual events, bling is the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens in Calabasas who use the Internet to track their targets’ whereabouts and rob them of their money. It’s the kind of movie that should only make sense to a director like Sofia Coppola.

The bleak world of celebrity obsession culture is captured brilliantly by Coppola, with the result that bling is as much about the emptiness and superficiality of these young people as it is about their excesses. It’s not a film that’s going to be appreciated by everyone, but it’s certainly worth checking out, especially for those who have an interest in the subject.

The animation isn’t half bad, and the voice cast is fine, including Taylor Kitsch, Jennette McCurdy, James Woods and Carla Gugino. It’s a low-budget, low-quality CGI animated film, but it doesn’t have the ill-rendered look of many other such efforts. The plot is rushed and the voice actors shamelessly overact, but it’s not a terrible film. If you’re looking for a free family entertainment film, bling is definitely worth checking out. It’s available for streaming on Google Play beginning March 3rd.