In this neon-soaked delight, a doll living in Barbieland is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world.
We've seen lots of animated Barbie movies over the years (the iconic doll even played a role in the TOY STORY franchise), but a live-action project from Warner Bros. and Mattel has been in the works for some time now. Margot Robbie brings to life one of the world's most iconic toys, while Ryan Gosling has been cast as Ken, and Will Ferrell as the CEO of a toy company widely believed to be a spin on Mattel. The incredible casts also includes Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Kate McKinnon.
Oscar-nominated Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD, LITTLE WOMEN) directs and co-wrote the project with her husband, Noah Baumbach. BARBIE is a bit outside the norm for Gerwig and Baumbach. Gerwig, who is also an actress, is best known for her quirky and insightful comedy-dramas. Baumbach tends to make highly mannered and somewhat dry films like THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Neither's filmography necessarily screams "the obvious person to make a movie about a famous toy." But, that’s perhaps what makes BARBIE so intriguing...
(Excerpted from Rotten Tomatoes)
PG-13, 1h 54m.
"Electric. There is such visual wit to the film, which ping-pongs between "make-believe" and "real-life," the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Lest that all sound too hifalutin, there are some punchlines that made me honk with pleasure." – Austin Chronicle
"BARBIE is a magic trick, a stellar example of a filmmaker taking a well-established bit of corporate IP and using it to deliver a message loudly and clearly – while also delivering a giddy, silly, and hilarious time." – Consequence
"In this existential exegesis on what it means to be a woman, and a human, Gerwig reflects our world back to us through the lens of Barbie, and in doing so, delivers a barbed statement wrapped in a visually sumptuous & sublimely silly cinematic confection." – Tribune News Service
"BARBIE is a lovingly crafted blockbuster with a lot on its mind, the kind of feature that will surely benefit from repeat viewings (there is so much to see, so many jokes to catch) and is still purely entertaining even in a single watch." – indieWire
"A big movie can still have big ideas in 2023. Even a Barbie movie. Especially a Barbie movie." – Rolling Stone