Warner Bros’ latest film, “Barbie,” is generating a lot of buzz and is expected to outperform “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” in Thursday previews. However, early reviews suggest that the movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, focuses more on sociopolitical issues rather than delivering the delightful journey it promised.
A Different Plot Twist
The trailers for “Barbie” presented Margot Robbie’s character as someone who discovers imperfections in her perfect Barbie world and embarks on a journey to find answers in the real world. This premise seemed captivating at first glance.
Criticism from Conservatives
Conservative figures have criticized the film, accusing it of deviating from lighthearted entertainment and delving into intense cultural discourse. Attorney Robert Barnes argues that this is a deceitful “bait-and-switch” strategy that fails to cater to the intended younger audience.
Worries from Critics
YouTuber Lauren Chen points out a subplot in which Ryan Gosling’s character, Ken, introduces toxic masculinity from the real world into Barbie’s matriarchal universe. Christian Toto from “Hollywood in Toto” raises concerns about the film’s heavy feminist themes, suggesting that it often interrupts its narrative to deliver socio-political monologues.
Critic Armond White reveals that there is potentially controversial dialogue, including Barbie’s remarks on “sexualized capitalism.” Kyle Smith’s review in the Wall Street Journal likens the viewing experience to expecting light entertainment but receiving a film laden with heavy themes.
Strong Box Office Prospects
Despite the mixed reviews, “Barbie” is projected to be a box office success. With a high production budget and an estimated worldwide earnings of over $300 million, the film is likely to generate substantial profits for Warner Bros.
Conclusion: A Debate-Stirring Film
“Barbie” stands out with its unique aesthetic and has created a lot of buzz. However, it seems to be more of a catalyst for cultural debates than the unifying cinematic experience that audiences expected.