Let me begin by stating that I walked into the movie theater fully aware that this film would profoundly affect me. For those of you who don't know, I hold high expectations for entertainment, and I always, without fail, delve deep into the messages and meanings behind many of the scenes.
Now, as a preliminary note, I believe I need to watch this movie at least two more times to fully grasp all of the messages and meanings. But for now, let me share my thoughts and ideas as clearly as possible.
The set was nothing short of incredible. The meticulous attention to detail, from the sand to the props and costume design, was truly outstanding. The script seamlessly blended humor and beauty, with monologues that left a lasting impact and scenes accompanied by the enchanting sounds of Billie Eilish's music, leaving not a dry eye in the house.
Is it good? No, it's not just good; it's fabulous. It's a powerful and meticulously crafted piece of art. The marketing campaign, endorsements, product placements—all of it is on another level. The film's attention to detail and the inclusion of Easter eggs are executed excellently. And the acting, well, it's A-class all around. This movie is cleverly crafted from start to finish.
Here are some aspects I absolutely loved, best summarized in bullet points:
When we examine Barbie's image, we must acknowledge that she still represents a slim, white, conventionally attractive figure. (I've never had to choose my words so carefully before, but bear with me.) She lacks the curves, thigh chafing, stretch marks, or even a hint of a belly that many women experience. Her friends, while more diverse, still seem to adhere to standardized ideals. It's as though someone checked boxes for inclusivity during casting. While this may be a step in the right direction, it's not quite enough. We need diversity in heights, sizes, skin tones, and even dolls in wheelchairs or with prosthetics. Maybe I'm becoming a bit more critical with age, or perhaps change of this magnitude doesn't require a gradual approach. Who can say for sure? I certainly can't.
So, as the world applauds this movie's contributions and celebrates female directors and shifts in beauty standards, I find myself wanting more. I know change is on the horizon, and it will be worth the wait.
I envision a world where we don't need permission to be who we want to be. A world where a movie isn't necessary to make us contemplate how men, through a structure they created, are destroying each other. A world where women of every race, size, color, and height are celebrated. A world where the structures that make us feel 'not good enough' no longer exist, instead of corporations banding together for movie marketing rebrands that persuade us to buy more products to feel seen, heard, honored, and connected.
While this marketing strategy is impressive, and I genuinely appreciate the conversations it's generating, this Barbie desires change on a deeper level. I also acknowledge that this Barbie needs to cultivate patience.
It's a promising start, and for the sake of my children, I'm pleased to witness it. I would love to hear your thoughts on the film.
Oceans of Love, Cx
Charlie Edwards - Light Code Weaver - Land Healer - Wisht Witch