Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Barbie - 3 Stars - July 21, 2023 - THEATERS

Director/Actress Greta Gerwig seals her place as one of our time's cleverest filmmakers.  In Barbie, Gerwig fashions a story that manages to both lampoon and celebrate the iconic doll, raising consciousness while delivering laugh out loud lines and situations.  Margot Robbie makes a perfect Barbie, finding her way from Barbie land to the real world in a journey with echos of The Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio.  She's the doll who wants to be a real girl.  Ryan Gosling turns Barbie's boyfriend Ken into a punchline with a message.  Barbie gives movie fans both enjoyment and conversation long after the credits. I miss the days when movies made their way into almost every conversation almost every week.  Thanks, Barbie, for bringing that back. A shout out to America Ferrara, who plays a Mattel executive and cues up a stirring monologue.  I remembered America's wonderful turn in Real Women Have Curves and the echos of that story in Greta Gerwig's Ladybird.  Kharma is a wonderful thing.