Barbie Movie

  • Release date: July 21, 2023 (United States)
  • Director: Greta Gerwig
  • Distributed by: Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Budget: $145 million
  • Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto

Barbie: The Movie - A Journey of Self-Discovery in the Real World

A childhood icon, everyone's favorite doll, Barbie, has stepped out of the dollhouse and into the cinematic universe. Directed by Greta Gerwig, 'Barbie: The Movie' is a fantasy comedy film that brings the popular Mattel doll to life. Starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the film is the first-ever live-action Barbie film after a series of computer-animated direct-to-video and streaming television films.

The film was first announced in September 2009 by Universal Pictures, but the development process was fraught with changes in writers, directors, and cast. After a long journey, Sony Pictures lost the rights to the film, which were transferred to Warner Bros. Pictures in 2018. Robbie was cast as Barbie in 2019, and Gerwig was announced as director and co-writer in 2021.

A Series of Ups and Downs

Despite the initial excitement, the Barbie film project faced multiple challenges. There were numerous rewrites and changes in the creative team. In 2016, Amy Schumer was in talks to play the lead role and even contributed to the script rewrite. However, she left the project in 2017, citing scheduling conflicts and creative differences. Anne Hathaway was considered for the role, but the project was transferred to Warner Bros, resulting in several departures from the team.

A weak point in the process was the lack of consistency in the project's direction. The constant changes in the creative team and the multiple screenplay rewrites led to delays and uncertainty about the film's vision and execution. However, despite these setbacks, the project continually attracted high-profile talent, indicating a strong interest in bringing Barbie to the big screen.

Barbie's Big Screen Transformation

The film's plot takes Barbie and Ken on a journey of self-discovery after they are expelled from the utopian Barbie Land. This story of self-discovery in the real world is a deviation from the usual Barbie narratives and shows a unique perspective on the characters. However, while the film's storyline is unique and fresh, it does have its drawbacks.

Some critics have pointed out that the film struggles to maintain a balance between its comedic elements and the seriousness of its premise. Additionally, some viewers have also noted that the film's pacing could be improved. Despite these critiques, the film's performances, especially those of Robbie and Gosling, have been largely praised, and the film's overall message of self-acceptance and self-discovery has resonated with many.

From Barbie Land to the Real World

After being expelled from Barbie Land for not being 'perfect,' Barbie and Ken embark on a journey to the real world. This journey allows them to discover their own identities outside of the utopian world they've always known. They face challenges, make new friends, and ultimately learn to embrace their imperfections. The plot serves as an important reminder of the value of self-acceptance and individuality, themes that resonate deeply with audiences of all ages.

Final Thoughts

Overall, reactions to 'Barbie: The Movie' have been largely positive. Many viewers appreciated the film's fresh take on the iconic Barbie character, praising its themes of self-discovery and acceptance. Robbie's portrayal of Barbie and Gosling's portrayal of Ken has been commended for their performances, with many noting how they brought depth and authenticity to their characters.

While it may not be perfect, just like its protagonists, the film is an enjoyable journey that pushes the boundaries of the Barbie universe and offers a new perspective on the world's most iconic doll. As Barbie herself learns in the film, perfection is not the goal - it's about embracing who you are and finding your own way in the world.