Director - Greta Gerwig Writers - Greta Gerwig Noah Baumbach Stars - Margot Robbie Ryan Gosling Issa Rae
Once upon a time in a dreamy place called Barbie Land, lived a cheerful and beautiful Barbie (played by Margot Robbie). This whimsical world was filled with countless Barbies and Kens, including one dashing Ken (portrayed by Ryan Gosling). Life was idyllic and picturesque in Barbie Land. However, one fateful day, Barbie's blissful existence was disrupted by a haunting thought of mortality. In search of understanding and imperfection, she was sent from her fantastical realm to the real world of humans. Ken, her loyal companion, decided to accompany her on this extraordinary journey.
Their adventure began, and as they ventured into the human world, Barbie encountered the harsh realities and sorrows that it held. Along the way, she discovered that her purpose had always been to bring joy and dreams to people's lives. Yet, to her surprise, she also encountered a segment of society that resented her perfect image. This eye-opening experience challenged Barbie's perspective, leading her to learn valuable lessons about the complexities of human existence. As she faced the truth, she also discovered the true essence of spreading happiness and dreams to others, despite the obstacles she encountered.
Greta's storytelling as a director deserves appreciation. She skillfully portrays Barbie's tears and emotions, showcasing her beauty and potential to achieve anything – be it a doctor, lawyer, Nobel laureate, or astronaut. But even when Barbie feels ugly and unworthy, Greta beautifully captures her emotions through the narrative. In a powerful scene set in the real world, Gloria (played by America Ferreira) confronts the unfair expectations placed on women and the lack of gratitude towards them. This scene truly touches the heart.
One of the highlights of the film is Barbie's vibrant and colorful set design, dominated by her favorite pink color. Greta's direction may hint at advocating feminism, but she skillfully balances it without compromising the film's entertaining moments. The quirky characters in the movie also keep the audience engaged. Greta avoids burdening the serious parts of the story with songs and comedic elements, ensuring the movie remains impactful and meaningful throughout.