Barbie Movie Review: Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling Shine in a Clever, Hilarious, and Socially Aware Film

Trust Greta Gerwig’s twist on the classic narrative in Barbie! Gerwig and her husband Noah Baumbach really flipped the script by delving into patriarchy, misogyny, and societal stereotypes through a satirical lens. Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie in a perfect yet plastic world adds a layer of depth to the story. The exploration of Barbie’s existential crisis and her journey to the real world, accompanied by Ken (played by Ryan Gosling), brings out some thought-provoking themes like the male gaze and patriarchy. It’s a clever and humorous take on the Barbie universe that challenges norms and stereotypes in a fun and engaging way.

Oh, I love how the film dives into that battle of the sexes with Barbie taking the lead and Ken facing an identity crisis. And when Gloria steps in to empower Barbie to reclaim her world, it adds such a powerful dynamic to the story.

The way they weave pop culture references into Barbie’s world is so clever and meta. The portrayal of dolls as almost human and the humans interacting with the doll land is such a fascinating exploration of perception and reality. Greta Gerwig really navigates that fine line between plasticity and authenticity with finesse.

The humor in the film really shines, especially in the first half. Gosling and Simu Liu bring such energy and chemistry as they compete for Barbie’s attention. Gosling’s portrayal of the self-absorbed Ken is both tragic and comedic, and he pulls it off effortlessly. Robbie’s Barbie is great too, but I agree, Gosling’s role gives him more depth to explore. Their performances really elevate the film and keep you engaged throughout.

You know, as the film progresses, the humor starts to shift, and some of the jokes may not hit the mark as intended. It kind of veers into being overly aware and “woke” by the end, with the pink plastic world feeling a bit overwhelming. The attention to detail in the sets is commendable, especially with the inclusion of discontinued dolls like Midge and Skipper. It’s a nice touch of nostalgia. The incorporation of Barbie sets and dreamhouses adds that authentic Barbie essence to the film. The film cleverly humanizes Barbie and reflects on societal norms. Barbie has long been a symbol of unrealistic beauty standards for young girls. While Mattel has tried to diversify Barbie’s image, the film delves into the darker side of striving for perfection. Greta’s take adds a layer of realism and cynicism to Barbie’s world, highlighting the flaws and imperfections beneath the plastic facade.

Mar 26, 2024 - Posted by filmygod - No Comments

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