Review of the Film Barbie: The World Deserves Ryan Gosling’s Kenergy and Margot Robbie’s Pink Brilliance, and Why Women Must Tell Women’s Stories

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Barbie’s world comes to life in Gerwig’s depiction of the iconic doll’s tale as she thinks she has transformed womanhood to its pinnacle of brilliance before waking up to the real world and realizing patriarchy has screwed things up too much for her gender. What distinguishes the film is her strategy for restoring order to the world when pollution comes knocking on its door.

The most intriguing aspect of this story is how a filmmaker, whose previous two films, both of which received Oscar nominations, were about people finding freedom and women discovering their potential, decides to make her third film, a live-action narration of one of the most contentious characters, and create a lighthearted but extremely political film. When it was revealed that Barbie would be the subject of a live-action film, there was an uproar that subsided after the talented Greta Gerwig came involved. But with a persona that has been described as the pinnacle of unusual beauty standards, what does she contribute?

Greta tells a story that has typically been told by males and in their favor, with writer Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) by her side. Barbie was designed by a woman, but the male executives at Mattel, the business that owns the doll’s rights, have always made the decisions. So you get what Greta is talking about when a group of men discussing how to portray “women’s agency” in their doll while not a single feminine soul is present. The movie is obviously political from the start. The Pink should not be viewed as a lighthearted, musical film.

Barbie is a great person because she embodied everything a woman should be, with the exception of her fascination with odd looks, of course. The goal was to elevate the status of the gender that was seen to be inferior. She was supposed to be the doctor, lawyer, Nobel Prize winner, and ruler of the world, while Ken was supposed to serve her. She did follow a troublesome route because of the image, but men picked it for her, and patriarchy condemned that as well. The honesty in Margot Robbie’s Barbie’s eyes therefore shines more since she never intended to do the pain that her presence unintentionally did, and as a result, she cannot comprehend the reality that a portion of the real world genuinely despises her.

When Greta and Noah start relaying the story through Ken, the writing really picks up. a doll that was created to assist Barbie but never actually got out and about. a persona with no brains and only a heart that beats for Barbie and only for Barbie. When the actual world comes into contact with him, he learns about patriarchy, the unjustified prominence given to males as though the world revolved around them, and how the Barbie universe has treated Ken as a supporting character. It’s so amazing to see how he transfers the toxicity to the pink universe. Although the comments on a subject that is the root of half of the world’s issues is hilarious, the non-serious attitude to it is fascinating.

The writing is aware of its purpose and carries it out with minute attention to the Pink and actual worlds. The nicest aspect, though, is that it doesn’t make fun of males when they behave badly. It offers them a long enough window of opportunity to reconsider and make amends. The only time Barbie loses control is when it briefly starts to overexplain itself. But Gerwig is in charge, and she is skilled at making everything work.

 

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