Though she may have a limited number of films to her credit (only putting things out about every three years), Sofia Coppola is on the very short list of my favorite working directors. Not only is she responsible for one of my favorite films, but I even loved Somewhere, which threw people for a loop, and certainly didn’t resonate with audiences generally. Coming off the heels of that film and Marie Antoinette, which overall performed as bad with audiences and worse among critics, Coppola needs a boost to her status in the collective consciousness.
If a massive surge of hype surrounding a teaser counts for anything, she is apparently well on her way to getting that boost. Of course, the movie is going to have to actually do well, but this looks to have all the elements needed to at least outperform her last two efforts at the box office. Simple Emma Watson inclusion is not the least of these elements.
But, the teaser doesn’t feel like Coppola. Even taking into account Marie Antoinette, which is something of an anomaly in her collection, “hyper-kinetic” is not what generally pops into your mind when recalling her films.
The reason this is an interesting point to ponder, is that I wonder if the final product is going to have a recognizably Coppola feel to it. I have to suspect it will. If it does, you’re going to have a lot of people in theaters thinking of themselves as having been tricked into the thing. If not, how to predict the quality of a director’s work when apparently the style and sensibilities are completely new?
Whatever the case may be, I have high hopes. Take a look, and let me know what you think.
The Bling Ring Teaser Trailer
In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring.”
In THE BLING RING, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture.
With an ensemble cast starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Georgia Rock, and Gavin Rossdale, THE BLING RING is written and directed by Sofia Coppola.
Coppola also serves as producer with Roman Coppola and Youree Henley. Executive producers for the picture are Michael Zakin and Francis Ford Coppola for American Zoetrope, alongside Fred Roos and Paul Rassam. Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet also acted as Executive Producers via their Nala Films label. Reteaming with Coppola is costume designer Stacy Battat, production designer Anne Ross, Editor Sarah Flack, and Cinematographer Harris Savides.