'Barbie' Is A Delightfully Fun Movie That We All Needed
By Dan Dubon | July 27, 2023
When this movie was first announced, it sounded like a really dumb idea. But once Greta Gerwig attached herself to this project and Margot Robbie was casted I became intrigued. This is probably the most pleasantly surprising movie since ‘The LEGO Movie’ (2014), so I guess all the hype online surrounding this turned out to be worth it.
Now that’s not to say this is a perfect movie, it’s not. The first act dragged on, but the movie did start to get better once Barbie and Ken entered the real world.
The performances here were great all across the board. Margot Robbie fits into this role like a glove like seriously I can’t picture any other actress doing this role as good as she did here. It’s funny that now whenever people think of Margot Robbie the first two things that come to mind for most people are now Harley Quinn and Barbie. Ryan Gosling, who is one of my favorite actors, is also really good here so much so that he arguably steals this movie away from Robbie at times. If you’ve seen movies like Crazy Stupid Love’ (2011) or ‘The Nice Guys’ (2016), you would know that Gosling has great comedic chops and they are on full display here.
Will Ferrell essentially has the same role here as he did in ‘The LEGO Movie’, but if I’m being honest, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were able to use him better compared to what Gerwig did with him here. Shoutout to Michael Cera who had a small but effective role.
Barbie may not be a perfect movie but I think it’s the movie we all needed during this (somewhat) lackluster Summer blockbuster season. Greta Gerwig herself is now 3/3 with Lady Bird, Little Women and now this. Hopefully she’s able to keep her winning streak going.
Given how this movie ends, I’m not sure how a sequel would work exactly. However what I do hope happens is that we get a Ken spin-off movie after the likely success of this and honestly how could we not. “I am Kenough.”
What are your thoughts?