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Barbie movie review: Real World vs. Barbieland

In this Barbie movie, Gerwig takes on girlhood, and what it means to be human

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Barbie Movie Review

Going to the movies in the early days of cinema was considered a special occasion. People would dress to the nines, and really make a day of it. It was a way to escape reality and immerse oneself in a world of fantasy. Cinema-goers today have taken the opportunity to dress up in pink and really enjoy the Barbie movie in style — just one sign that movies are back in a big way.

Greta Gerwig’s comedy-musical is essentially what dreams are made of (at least for young girls): pop music, pink hues, deep Barbie lore, and a dash of existentialism — all the right ingredients for this corporate studio movie to succeed.

In ‘Barbie‘, there are two worlds: Barbieland and the Real World. Every night in Barbieland is “Girl’s Night”, hosted by Stereotypical Barbie (Margot Robbie). The Barbies talk, dance, and take late-night dips in the pool after a long day of winning noble prizes, running the government, and taking breaks at the beach. The Kens go, well… Stereotypical Barbie doesn’t actually know.

The Barbies are also devoid of all of the messy, confusing experiences we as people have to face in the Real World. They don’t feel embarrassed, shame, or fear. Until, someone on the outside has been relaying their strong, depressing feelings onto their Stereotypical Barbie, who now has to face the mess she can usually avoid in plastic Barbieland.

To fix the sudden onset of melancholy that has plagued her, Barbie ventures into the Real World, with Ken (Ryan Gosling) not far beyond. The two have very separate experiences: Ken feels respected, while Barbie is more disappointed, capturing the two worlds of the Barbie movie perfectly.

They navigate the Real World and go back to Barbieland with different ideas, creating more problems for Stereotypical Barbie. What follows is an oddly very real journey of identity for plastic dolls, one most young women will be able to relate to.

Gosling is as funny and phenomenal as everybody has been saying, and Robbie brings a strong vulnerability that results in an amusing, but moving movie about what it means to be human.

Barbie Reviews from Fans

Fans have taken to social media platforms to discuss their take on the movie.

Here is what some of them have been saying in the UAE:

@khaleejette Id give it a solid 8/10 for the movie, I would’ve refined a few things but overall it was good and left me mentally processing #barbiemovie #barbiethemovie #barbiemoviereview #emotionalsupportbarbie #gretagerwig #margotrobbie #ryangosling #motherhood #mothers #moms #barbiemom #dubai #uae #ksa #فلم_باربي #منع_فلم_باربي #باربي #باربي💖 ♬ original sound – Shahad | Your Fav Housewife
@lauraandreakell Barbie movie review: Should it be rated 15+ in The UAE? Is it a must-see? Here are my thoughts… #barbiemovie #barbiereleaseuae #barbie #barbiegirl #barbiethemovie ♬ Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album] – Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice & Aqua

Here are a few global reviews. Watch out for spoilers!

@kxmberly_tsitsi i had fun watching Barbie but the message was sadly very weak – idk maybe im being too harsh? #barbie #review ♬ what was i made for billie eilish – aidenwatson

Despite mixed reviews, it seems that everyone is enjoying the experience, and you shouldn’t miss out either. The Barbie movie is out in cinemas all across the UAE.

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