The Bling Ring is based on a true story as reported in Vanity Fair. From October 2008 through August, 2009, a group of teenagers, who met in an alternative high school, burglarized the homes of A-list celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, taking away jewelry, designer handbags, and loose cash.
As written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the narcissism of the victims is exceeded only by the shallowness of the criminals.
As in many noir tales such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, it's hard to decide whom we dislike more: the criminal or the victim. As in Gone Girl, there's not a single likable character. The spectacle of evil feeding upon evil has a grim fascination.
And yet, The Bling Ring doesn't feel all that dark because the crime seems so inconsequential. Do we really care if they stole about one per cent of Paris Hilton's shoe collection?
This theme recalls Sofia Coppola's film from 2006, Marie Antoinette, about another young woman isolated in a world of wealth and glamour, oblivious to the dark implications of her privilege.