‘The Bling Ring’ Premieres at Cannes and the Early Reviews are In

Emma Watson graced the Cannes red carpet in a flawless black and white look for the big premiere of The Bling Ring last night, joined by director Sofia Coppola and her co-stars, Claire Julien, Taissa Fariga, Katie Chang, and Israel Broussard.

The Bling Ring follows the story of a group of LA teens who got caught burglarizing celeb homes. It’s one of the most highly anticipated Cannes debuts, so we were pretty eager to see what the critics were buzzing about after viewing Sofia Coppola’s latest.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy was feelin’ the film’s “dreamy” visuals, but thought the message got lost:

Perhaps even more here than in her other films, Coppola’s attitude toward her subject seems equivocal, uncertain; there is perhaps a smidgen of social commentary, but she seems far too at home in the world she depicts to offer a rewarding critique of it. At the same time, she’s too unemphatic a filmmaker to deliver what could be construed as an exposé from the belly of the beast. It’s more like a teasing, mildly titillating pulling-down-the-covers off some naughty but hardly grave adolescent behavior.

Variety’s Scott Foundas compared the Bling Ring characters to the bad girls of Spring Breakers:

Indeed, while some may liken the pic’s characters to the masked marauders of both “Spring Breakers” and Michael Bay’s recent “Pain & Gain,” Coppola’s markedly less violent offenders don’t seek wealth so much as notoriety — a goal that has rarely seemed more attainable than in this age of Warholian decadence, where being famous for being famous is more desirable than being famous for anything else. So “The Bling Ring” traces an intriguing feedback loop of which it is knowingly a part: a movie that affords its subjects the very immortality they so aggressively sought.

Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman called the film “Sofia Coppola’s most provocative work yet” and praised the performances:

The acting is so authentic that it takes a while to differentiate the girls, and that’s part of the film’s texture, too: its unsensational look at sensational (if trivial) crimes. Katie Chang gives Rebecca a coolly synthetic sensual glow, and Emma Watson, playing Nicki, a real mean girl, does a remarkable job of demonstrating that glassy-eyed insensitivity doesn’t have to be stupid. Wearing a brown shag that transforms her into a look-alike of the young Marilyn Chambers, Watson proves that her willingness to take chances is only growing, and that she’s an actress serious enough to turn a line like “Your butt looks awesome!” into something that reveals character.

Overall, the reviews are mixed, leaning towards the good side. Are you looking forward to seeing The Bling Ring?