I should start by saying: I really liked Barbie (2023). But I am not going to write about everything in this movie. It's too big.
Our lives have been busy lately and so it was hard to find a minute to go see a movie at all, and right now there's a crazy amount of options, any of which I was equally excited to check out. But Barbie was something I personally wanted to see heading into the summer, mostly because we live in a fascinating era of massive budgets and writer/directors with excellent credentials being handed the reigns to "franchise" pictures. Giving Greta Gerwig access to the untouchable Barbie empire seemed bonkers.*
I can make neither heads nor tails of a Mission: Impossible film not meeting expectations at the box office. I have no idea why people show up for a movie in a world where there's another @#$%ing Troll dolls movie about to hit - that will surely make the GDP of a small country. But I guess we were ready for Barbie when the movie came, because it's currently at $580 million after a couple of weeks. Go, Barb!
The movie stars the omnipresent Margot Robbie, and that's a good thing. She's a talented actor, charismatic and fits the bill, physically, for what's needed here. She's nailed complicated stuff since I first saw her in Wolf of Wall Street, and I generally think she's just really a star in the best sense. She's paired with Ryan Gosling, who is just weirdly really good, always underplaying to amazing effect. I can only imagine what Ken was like in other hands, but as Ken Prime, he's terrific. But so is everyone. Issa Rae is just a @#$%ing delight, America. Oh, and America Ferrera! Lovely. Terrific!