Intrigued by the buzz, I decided to venture into Barbie and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. It was so much more than the story of a doll that comes to life.
Directed by Greta Gerwig – 2023
Reviewed by Jordan Lynn
Barbie, the movie, delves into the iconic doll’s world while also exploring her “perceived” and “profound” impact she has on women. From head-nodding moments to eye-rolling disbelief, the film strikes a chord with adults, resonating with its portrayal of women’s experiences. Even its take on “Beach” Ken can reflect how some men are going through life.
The movie has good pacing and even action-packed moments. It introduces us to a plethora of diverse Barbies and their equally varied Kens. These dolls’ relationships mirror real-life connections, making the movie all the more relatable. The way the Barbies interact with each other is a dreamy portrayal of how women might wish to communicate – supportive, empowering, and full of understanding. It also points out in some daring monologues how people really treat each other and the paradox of those moments.
At, above, and below the surface, Barbie tackles critical themes of patriarchy, feminism, and the relentless pursuit of an idealized beauty. The movie also delves into the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, touching on aspects of everyday life that affect us all.
As an adult viewer, I thoroughly enjoyed Barbie and would happily recommend it to my friends and family. While the film isn’t exclusively for children, I must admit that some of the kids in the audience appeared a bit bored. Nevertheless, for the adults in the theater, including myself, it was an engaging and entertaining experience.
Barbie transcends the notion of being a movie about just a doll. Instead Barbie emerges as a symbol of empowerment for women everywhere. This delightful movie reminds us that Barbie is not just plastic; she represents dreams, aspirations, and a reflection of our evolving society. Barbie was an excellent movie going experience that I would recommend to anyone.
> Playing at Regal Paseo, IPIC Theaters, Landmark Pasadena Playhouse, Regency Academy Cinemas, Regal Edwards Alhambra Renaissance, Highland Theatres, and Laemmle Glendale.
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