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[Movie Review] The Bling Ring – Shallow and a Waste of Time October 15, 2013

IMDB: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

(Seriously how much money did they spend on buying critics?)

There’s two kinds of movies that can be made from real life events, those that are like Argo, focusing on an event itself, and those that are like Jobs, focusing on the story of a person’s life.

Then there is this movie, focusing on something that nobody cares anymore, and did a terrible job, making no one else to care about it ever again.

This movie felt more like a news broadcast than a movie re-telling the in-depth details of the shocking crimes of a few teenagers.

The entire movie is a huge waste of a good opportunity, it barely focused on the emotions and psychological reasons behind the teens’ actions, or other key things like how teenagers today are heavily influenced by the media and celebrity lifestyles, instead it felt more like a movie to condemn these teenagers’ vain lifestyle and childishness, and also the hypocrisy of Alexis Neisers’ public and open attitude towards the whole issue.

It is a rare case in which I could actually criticize a movie’s technical aspects, such as the way it was shot, the editing, the camera angles…

It’s made every mistake that my camera and editing lecturers told us to never make.

For example, a particular scene shot in the car, with a time-lapse sorta thing of the girl singing and having fun, the editing there was really choppy and in some ways, amateur.

Or other scenes where they just throw google image searches at you without even the slightest effort to make those picture blend into the film.

The acting is terrible, because of this movie, I’m not going to trust Emma Watson’s judgement ever again.

It feels like she’s trying too hard to break away from the Hermione image, and is desperate to try anything that strikes an opposing image to Hermione.

Actually the only actress in the movie who didn’t feel like she just wandered onto the set randomly

Like I have mentioned above, this movie was based on a real event, but after doing a little bit of research, apparently this movie made very little attempt to be true to the story.

After some Googling, I found out that one of their main information provider is a police officer who was in-charge of the case previously.

That is actually… secondary source isn’t it.

After reading Alexis Neisers’ blog, I also found out that they did not bother to interview the one person involved in this incident who is still pretty public.

Most of the members involved have went public and stated that they only found out that people were making this movie through others, which definitely shows that the movie production team did not bother to approach these people at all.

Yes the entire crime itself is stupid, but it’s worst when you want to make a movie of such an event based on stupidity, and take it too seriously, does not try to adjust it a little to make it better, and insist on insulting the people involved in the incident rather than helping them tell their story.

Been a long time since I last gave a movie 1/10.

Yes Emma Watson is hot, but she sure is terrible at picking scripts.

PS: You know a movie is sad when the only name they can present to the people is Emma Watson, and no one else, and all anyone ever talks about this movie is Emma Watson.

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2 Responses to “[Movie Review] The Bling Ring – Shallow and a Waste of Time”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The movie was rubbish but the criticism of Emma based solely on that one movie is a bit unfair though. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ was good. The story was executed well and the characters were amazing. Emma did a great job there. The way I see it, she has one hit and one miss, so I’ll still trust her decision in choosing scripts 🙂

    • Zakito Says:

      I can imagine the people telling her, ‘You know, this character is going to be a breakthrough for your career, people are going to realise that you have dynamic and could challenge any role there is.’
      I walked into the cinema for Bling Ring because I trusted her decisions, because I thought hey Emma said she’s not doing big commercial films, and is going to pick up smaller films with potential, so maybe this is going to be a good movie.
      The result disappointed me greatly, so please forgive my strong opinion on this.
      I’m not saying that from now on I’ll never trust her or avoid all her movies, but if I see another movie with only Emma’s name on the poster, I’m gonna be extra cautious.
      Because let’s admit it, it’s gonna be easy for smaller productions to make use of her fame to gain themselves a place in the cinema.


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