Movie Night – Barbie – Redefining Fun and Femininity on the Silver Screen

Directed: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach

Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling

Trivia: The swimsuit and overall look Barbie wears in the opening scene is a direct recreation of the original 1959 Barbie doll that first debuted in stores.

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As we near the end of awards season, it’s disheartening to see the same old story play out once again. The Patriarchy seems to have struck once more, this time overlooking one of the boldest and most successful films of the year – Barbie.

Greta Gerwig, the mastermind behind this cinematic gem, and Margot Robbie, who brought the immortal doll to life with such brilliance, were inexplicably snubbed for nominations. Now, whenever we hear the name Barbie, it’s hard not to picture Margot Robbie’s unforgettable portrayal.

I must admit that when I first heard Greta Gerwig was directing a Barbie movie, I was like, “Wait, what?” I mean, after her stellar work on “Little Women,” I never imagined her diving into plastic doll territory. But boy, did she surprise us! And casting Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken? Genius move, if you ask me!

Fast forward to the trailers dropping and the summer showdown between Barbie, Oppenheimer and Mission Impossible #7. Barbie wasn’t just another blockbuster – it was THE movie everyone was talking about. And rightly so, because it smashed records left, right, and centre

Now, let’s tackle the big question: Can a movie that’s pure fun also be considered art? Absolutely! And Barbie is living proof. 

5 Reasons Why Barbie is both Fun and Art
  1. A Kaleidoscope of Joy. 
    From the opening scene’s electrifying neon credits to the final dance party explosion, “Barbie” was a visual feast.

    Every frame pulsated with vibrant colours, whimsical costumes, and imaginative sets that transported us to a world where imagination reigned supreme. It was like stepping into a candy-coated dream, a welcome departure from the often-gritty realities of cinema.

  2. Laughter is the Best Medicine.
    This movie was FUNNY. Like, laugh-out-loud, snort-milk-out-your-nose hilarious. Gerwig’s witty script, combined with the comedic genius of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, delivered clever and relatable jokes.


    From Ken’s existential crisis to Barbie’s hilariously literal interpretations, the humour never missed a beat, leaving audiences in stitches throughout.

     

  3. A Subversive Wink.
    Don’t let the pink fool you, “Barbie” wasn’t afraid to bite.

    Underneath the glitter and glamour, the film offered a playful yet insightful commentary on societal expectations, beauty standards, and the very nature of being a “Barbie.”


    It cleverly subverted the doll’s legacy while celebrating its inherent campiness, creating a nostalgic and refreshingly-mic film.

  4. More Than Just Eye Candy:

    Indeed, while “Barbie” dazzled with its extravagant costumes, stunning visuals, and lavish sets, it transcended mere spectacle. Beneath the surface glitter, it delivered a powerful and heartfelt message about self-acceptance, individuality, and the enduring power of friendship. America Ferrera’s poignant monologue shone a light on the harsh standards women are often held to, confronting uncomfortable truths head-on.

    Wrapped in layers of fun and whimsy, the film’s core resonated deeply, serving as a poignant reminder that true beauty emanates from within. It boldly proclaimed that embracing our unique selves is not just a statement but a revolution, challenging societal norms and celebrating the essence of authenticity.

  5. A Celebration of Play:
    In a world often bogged down by seriousness, “Barbie” reminded us of the simple joy of play.

    It encouraged us to tap into our imaginations, embrace silliness, and find humour in the everyday.


    Awards recognition might have eluded “Barbie,” but its impact is undeniable. It is a cinematic breath of fresh air, a joyous rebellion against the predictable, a reminder that sometimes, the most profound messages come wrapped in the brightest pink packaging. 

So, if you crave pure, unadulterated fun for your Movie Night, remember, “Barbie” is waiting, ready to transport you to a world where laughter reigns supreme, and imagination knows no bounds. Just don’t forget your sense of humour and your dancing shoes!

Final Verdict – 5/5 Stars

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