Movies ought to be enjoyable and engrossing while also stimulating discussion and evoking strong feelings in us. They should enthrall us with compelling narrative, sound, and performances. The enthralling 114-minute journey “Greta Gerwig’s Barbie” provides is full with grand eye candy, amazing cinematography, wonderful writing, a terrific cast (including Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling), and explosive songs.
Barbie (Robbie) is living her ideal Barbie life in Barbie Land, hanging out with all the other Barbies and smiling to give meaning to her boyfriend Ken’s (Gosling) existence… until she’s not. One morning, she wakes up and touches her feet to the ground, burns her waffle, and even gets wet in the shower (which was always just pretend water).
While all the other Barbies struggle to figure out what’s wrong with this unconventional Barbie, they encourage her to seek answers from Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon), who suggests she ventures into the real world to find the child playing with her, in whom Barbie’s melancholy and inadequacy might be resonating.
Barbie sets off on an adventure with Ken to Los Angeles, and both find a real world far different from their imagination. Gloria is going through an existential crisis, feeling undervalued at work, while her daughter Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt) constantly battles with her.
Wesbhuusha (Jacqueline Durran) is fun and has great music, featuring songs by artists like Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, Pink Panthers, Tame Impala, Ryan Gosling, and Dua Lipa. “Barbie, the doll, not the movie,” is built on contradictions, and Gerwig has done a fantastic job giving life to those contradictions, creating the most glamorous, dazzling, and hottest visual avatar of them all.
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place.