“I want to be part of the people who give meaning, not of what is done. I want to make the imagination, I don’t want to be the idea”, – Barbie.
Barbie dolls have been a popular cultural symbol for decades. With a variety of different collections and designs, Barbie inspires kids and adults alike to imagine and make their dreams come true.
In addition to being a doll, Barbie has also been adapted into various animated and television movies that can be viewed through streaming platforms. This time, Barbie comes in shape live action and showing in theaters!
Movie Barbie It has received great enthusiasm from movie fans and doll fans alike. The promotion of this movie is no joke either, with Pop Up Storespecial events and installations that fill the streets and social networks with distinctive colors.
Directed by Greta Gerwig, who has directed acclaimed films such as Little woman AND ladies birds, next revision Barbie.
Living in Barbie Land means being the perfect creature in the perfect place. Barbie, the perfect doll in a perfect world, experiences a strange incident that makes her enter into an existential crisis and question death.
After expressing her doubts and concerns to her friends, her feet were left flat instead of the normal Barbie position where they are always ready to wear fashionable heels.
The change made everyone around him look at him as if he was abnormal. He therefore decides to leave Barbie Land and go to the real world to find out what is wrong with him.
During her adventures in the human world, Barbie will learn that the real world is inversely proportional to her ideas and ideas about her world.
Barbie is having an existential crisis
The film begins with a parody scene from the film. 2001: A Space Odysseyand then introduced us to Barbie Land, a world where Barbie lives life to perfection.
Margot Robbie plays the stereotypical Barbie. As the main character explains: “I’m the Barbie everyone thinks of when they think of Barbie.”
Everything went perfectly, until one day, Barbie had a strange thought that no doll had ever thought, namely about death. This confused the other Barbies who heard it, including herself.
After that, his days got weird. She wakes up with bad breath, a shower with too cold water (although still no water), burnt bread, cellulite, and worse, Barbie’s legs are no longer in her usual tiptoe position.
All the Barbies are shocked and assume that Barbie has failed and needs to meet Weird Barbie, who will explain what happened.
The strange Barbie is played by Kate McKinnon, one of the characters that takes center stage among all the other Barbies. Named after her distinctive appearance, Barbie Kate loves to act. divisions. This happened because he was often played roughly.
Barbie apparently has a connection to the humans who play her. If the human is sad or has a problem, it will affect the way he treats the Barbie doll.
With the help of Weird Barbie, Barbie travels to the real world to meet the humans who play her.
Barbie and feminism
Barbie dolls have always been criticized for their unrealistic portrayal of beauty standards and the potential to damage their bodies and self-image.
Perfectly proportioned bodies, flawless skin, and ideal facial features are images of “beauty” that children and adolescents feel pressured to meet unrealistic standards.
Therefore, Greta Gerwig as director is here to change the negative image of the doll she is promoting. toxic beauty standards in a film that reveals its true meaning.
Greta Gerwig’s work reflects strong feminist values. Through her films, Gerwig often raises issues related to women, including exploring gender roles, equality, and women’s empowerment.
In movies BarbieGerwig touches on many important issues and ongoing social issues, including patriarchy, feminism and detrimental standards of beauty and the often underappreciated difficulty of being a woman.
Through America Ferrera’s monologue as Gloria, who explains her concern as a woman that she can never be who she wants to be, the film delivers a powerful message about women’s struggles to overcome unrealistic expectations and standards.
Ken and toxic masculinity
In addition to bringing up the topic of women’s empowerment, Gerwig also doesn’t forget about the character that has always been with Barbie, namely Ken (Ryan Gosling).
Through the role of Ken, Gerwig wants to show that toxic masculinity has never had a place in this world (and in Barbie’s world).
He tries to destroy stereotypes about how a man should be, such as wearing pink or bright colors, showing his emotions and weaknesses, and forging strong friendships between men.
Plus, of course, there’s the patriarchal factor and how the male-dominated world views women, even in Barbie Land, which Gerwig alluded to.
While this film carries a strong feminist message, men who want to see it need not feel uncomfortable. Messages are delivered with thought-provoking humor, but always in a friendly atmosphere.
So, there is no room for attitude. toxic masculinity or misogyny (misandry) in this film. Everyone is excited to witness the adventures of Barbie Doll, Ken, and life in Barbie Land.
Spectacular wardrobe and production design
Apart from talking about the character, of course the most important thing about this movie is how the production team creates the fictional world of Barbie.
In fact, the production design is shaped in such a brilliant way. With pastel colors raining down on Barbie Land, from the Dreamhouse, the beach, the costumes, even the small interiors are presented in such an attractive way.
All this manages to create the magical and fun world of Barbie, bringing such captivating joy to the audience.
Barbie it can contain bright colors, a happy atmosphere and tell stories of dolls that are synonymous with children’s toys. But, not because of the plot. You are wrong if you think that the movie Barbie just about that
This film touches on important issues in society such as patriarchy, feminism, beauty standards, toxic masculinity and how to be human
The film is full of messages and meanings about how we live life as humans and how we see the world.
However, all of that is of course wrapped up in an entertaining way. funny comedy with satire and references here and there, as well as soundtracks, dance choreography, and design production completes the film.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell