Barbie Movie Review: Embracing Pastel, Resilience of Plastic, and Timeless Beauty

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barbie movie review

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling have gracefully portrayed the whimsical world of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, depicting the extraordinary journey of a traditional doll through a crisis of identity.

Movies should be entertaining, engaging our minds with thought-provoking questions, impactful performances, compelling storytelling, and captivating sound. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie achieves all that and more, with its stunning visuals, vibrant costumes, splendid writing, phenomenal performances (with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling taking the lead), and exhilarating songs, offering a thrilling 114-minute joyride.

Barbie (English)
Director: Greta Gerwig
Duration: 114 minutes
In this remarkable production, the ensemble showcases a stellar lineup of exceptional talents, featuring the vibrant and charismatic Issa Rae, the seasoned and skillful Rhea Perlman, the captivating and enigmatic Margot Robbie, the enchanting and alluring Ryan Gosling, and the immensely talented America Ferrera.Story: When idealistic Barbie sets out to showcase unfulfilled human qualities, including cellulite and thoughts of mortality, the time has come to bring out the big, pink guns.

In Barbie-land, Barbie (Robbie) is living her ideal doll life, strolling around with all the other Barbies and smiling at her lover Ken (Ryan Gosling) to give meaning to her existence‚Ķ until she isn’t. One day, she wakes up, touches her feet to the ground, burns her waffle, and even gets wet in the shower (it was always a staged water).

While the other Barbies are clueless about what’s wrong with the traditional Barbie, they urge her to consult the weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon), who suggests she ventures into the real world and finds the child who plays with her, in whom Barbie’s sadness and inadequacy might resonate.

Barbie embarks on an adventure with Ken, heading to Los Angeles, and both discover a world very different from their vivid imaginations. Gloria (America Ferrera), who works for Mattel, the firm that creates Barbie dolls, exists in the real world.
Gloria is struggling with her identity crisis, feeling undervalued at work, and her daughter Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt) constantly clashing with her.

When Mattel’s CEO (Will Ferrell) discovers that Barbie is in the real world, he orders his agents to track her down and put her back in the “box.” Director Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the film with her partner Noah Baumbach, has called the film “subversive, uncontrollable, and humanistic.” And with the music’s “authentic artificiality” complementing it, Barbie is a heartfelt and knowing homage to growing up.

Barbie’s pink, glamorous world contrasts brilliantly with the real world, making the journey to reality as bizarre as it could get. It’s entirely appropriate to have different versions of oneself in different careers, to have a house where anyone can see and change clothes at the blink of an eye. Swimming or not knowing how to swim, it’s perfectly fine for all Kens to go to the beach together.

From President Barbie (Issa Rae) and Dr. Barbie (Hari Nef) to Physical Scientist Barbie (Emma Mackey) and Mermaid Barbies (Dua Lipa), all Barbies are based on real dolls. Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie dolls, is also portrayed by Rhea Perlman.

In her powerful declaration, she emphasizes that there exists a singular, ultimate destination for us, human beings.

Ideas are always alive, it inspires Barbie to become a person of ideas, not just a product of imagination. As narrator Helen Mirren lends gravity and playfulness to the proceedings.

The musical composition is truly exceptional, featuring captivating melodies from renowned artists such as Ryan Gosling, the soulful Billie Eilish, the energetic Pink Panthers, the mesmerizing Tame Impala, and the sensational Dua Lipa. Additionally, the costume design, masterfully crafted by Jacqueline Durran, adds a touch of wonder to the entire production.

Barbie, the doll, the film, is not just about illusions, but a powerful work that confronts illusions, and Gerwig has done an impressive job of presenting those illusions in the
most spectacular, glittering, and hottest scenes.”