Like her or hate her, writer/director Sofia Coppola definitely tends to make films with a very authorial, recognizable voice. Her movies tend to be slow, drawn out stories with characters feeling a certain level of malaise while being photographed with high levels of light. We've seen the director's trademark style in movies like Lost In Translation, Somewhere and The Bling Ring, and we expect to see more of it in her upcoming adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
It’ll definitely be an interesting project, and is centered on Abbott’s childhood in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her father Steve was a bisexual writer and activist who moved his daughter to San Francisco following the accidental death of his wife and Alysia’s mother. Steve’s homosexual behavior grows wilder as he takes his daughter to different parties and poetry readings, living the life of a single person instead of a family.
Her new comedy The Bling Ring gives this crew new names and tons of swagger as it explores what drove wealthy teens to outrageous crimes. And in the behind-the-scenes clip above, you're offered a look at the Bling Ring as Coppola imagines them.
From mimicking the pink pantied opening shot of Lost In Translation to aping Jarmusch's offbeat aesthetic, and spoofing Malick's dreamy visuals and heady voice over, Benjamin nails these mismatches with sly style. And, yes, the choices are absurd, but also kind of awesome.
A big part of this movie's allure is the vicarious fun of following these young and reckless thieves on their enviable exploits as they traipse into the luxurious homes of young Hollywood stars, subjecting these exclusive locales their personal shopping (crime) spree. But that's not all Bling Ring's got going for it.
Even though this teaser clocks in under the minute mark, it deftly displays a kinetic energy and clearly unveils the draw of these crafty crimes. Just imagine sauntering into the homes of the insanely wealthy and making their closets—packed with gorgeous garments, dazzling jewelry, and unfairly fabulous footwear—your own personal grab bag. It'd be a hell of a ride…at least until the cops catch on.
The film is based on the true story of a group of rich teens in California who decide to start a heist gang and begin robbing celebrity's houses (including those of Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox). Though the cast largely consists of newcomers, the movie does star Emma Watson and Leslie Mann and Paris Hilton, Kirsten Dunst and Gavin Rossdale will all be making cameos.
The biggest star among The Bling Ring girls is Harry Potter's Emma Watson. The graceful Brit who has long played uptight bookworm Hermione Granger seems sure to shake up her image playing celeb-robber Nicki, a California girl with some curious fashion choices. These shots from the set give us a first glimpse of Watson gone L.A. party girl. In the first we see what a difference a wig makes. Watson's charming pixie cut is buried under some moody Kristen Stewart-styled locks...
Personally, I'm hoping Coppola is breaking out of her comfort zone with this one, and that the sassy title The Bling Ring is a hint to a more brightly comedic offering from the ethereal auteur. Now, I'm not hoping for full-on broad comedy like Sugar & Spice, just something starker and a bit more lively. Coppola's got an incredible talent for crafting elegant cinema with her chosen ingénues, but I'm hoping The Bling Ring's reckless premise will give her a chance to try something new.
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