The mass hysteria following the release of the Barbie trailer continues to skyrocket. Cinemas were packed out on the first day of release, with a constant sea of pink following in and out the doors. Greta Gerwig has tapped into most 20 and 30 something women’s nostalgia. The last year has shown a resurgence in dolls with Bratz taking over fashion trends. Did Greta spot a gap in the market before we did?
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, they make the perfect plastic couple. The casting on this film couldn’t have been better. Both actors have put their all into the role, even practically playing the characters on their press tour, dressed up as life-sized dolls.
Greta Gerwig’s playful take on this infamous doll is comical, opening the film with a homage to Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey, which had the entire audience in laughter from the get go. Her brilliant use of satirical jokes, tributes and juxtapositions throughout the film had everyone fully engaged.
The director’s nod to over consumption, with the advert skit selling a depressed Barbie is funny, but by making everything so satirical does the original point feel lost? Even if the film doesn’t do everything it set out to do, it is hilarious and I audibly laughed out loud, I would definitely recommend it as an entertaining film.
Barbie directed by Greta Gerrit, staring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling is in cinemas NOW. Click HERE to see what more is new to cinema this summer.
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