Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in ‘Barbie’
Movies should be fun and entertaining, and blow our minds with thought-provoking questions and equal parts of effects, acting, writing, and sound. greta gerwig‘S barbie It does all this and more, offering a 114-minute thrill ride filled with gorgeous eye-candy, sharp costumes, brilliant writing, stunning performances (take a bow, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling) and peppy songs.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell
Running Time: 114 minutes
Story: When the ideal doll begins to exhibit imperfect human qualities, including cellulite and thoughts of death, it’s time to bring out the big, pink guns
barbie (robby) is living it up perfect barbie life in barbieland Hanging out with all the other Barbies and smiling at her boyfriend Ken (Ryan Gosling) to give meaning to her existence… until he doesn’t. One day she wakes up in the morning and touches her heels to the ground, burns her breakfast waffle, and soaks in the shower (it was always pretend water).
While all the other Barbies are unable to figure out what’s wrong with the stereotypical Barbie, they are urged to investigate by Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon), who suggests she go out into the real world and find the child who is playing with her, and whose feelings of sadness and inadequacy are probably seeping into Barbie.
Barbie takes off for Los Angeles with Ken along for the ride, and the two find the real world very different from their imagination. In the real world, there is Gloria (America Ferrera), who works at Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls. Gloria is going through an existential crisis, feeling undervalued at work and constantly fighting with her daughter, Sasha (ARIANNA GREENBLAT).
When Mattel’s CEO (Will Ferrell) learns that Barbie is in the real world, he orders his executives to locate her and put her in ‘The Box’. director Greta Gerwig who co-wrote the film with partner Noah Baumbach, describing the film as “chaotic, unruly and humanistic”. and this combined with the “authentic artificiality” of the music, barbie is an affectionate and wise tribute to growing up.
In the pink, frothy world of Barbie, a trip to the real world can be just as weird as anyone’s imagination. It’s all right to have different versions of yourself in different careers, having a house that anyone can see and a change of outfit in the blink of an eye. It’s perfectly fine for all Canes to hang out on the beach even if they don’t know how to swim or surf.
From President Barbie (Issa Rae) and Dr. Barbie (Hari Nef) to Physicist Barbie (Emma McKay) and Mermaid Barbies (Dua Lipa), all the different iterations of Barbie are based on real dolls. Ruth Handler (Rhea Perlman), the maker of the Barbie doll, also appears. When she says, “Humans have only one end. Ideas live forever,” this inspires Barbie to be a person with ideas and not a product of someone’s imagination. Helen Mirren lends seriousness and playfulness to the proceedings as narrator.
The costumes (Jacqueline Durran) are fun and the music is good too with artists including Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, Pinkpantheres, Tame Impala and songs by Ryan Gosling and Dua Lipa. Barbie, the doll, not the movie, is made of contrasts, and Gerwig has done a mighty fine job of giving those contrasts the brightest, shiniest, hottest visual embodiment.
Barbie is currently playing in theaters