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BBN Correspondents Melanie Avalos and Daniella Montoya review the global blockbuster

"The plot of Barbie is so much more than her being a doll."

When people hear the word “doll,” they might immediately think of Barbie. This summer, Oscar-nominated director/writer Greta Gerwig released her new movie ‘’Barbie’’, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. This high visual movie, distributed by Warner Bros and produced by Margot Robbie herself, transports the audience into the world of Barbie, with amazing cinematography and eye-catching set designs capturing the true essence of Barbie Land. The film was anticipated by many ever since it was announced back in 2022. While many did not know how this movie would play out, Greta Gerwig did not disappoint. From the props, set, and storyline, Barbie became a phenomenon. From the first opening week, Barbie raked in $500 million at the box office. Many fans went dressed for the occasion in all pink, Barbie’s signature color. It was a movie that many were looking forward to. From children to elderly women, the audience that could be seen at the movie theaters was diverse. The movie soundtrack included many known names such as Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, and Tame Impala. Barbie as a movie had many elements that attracted many different audiences across the world. Barbie has, without a doubt, become a worldwide sensation.

The plot of Barbie is so much more than her being a doll. In the movie, Barbie sets out into the real world to ultimately find herself. Attempting to find her own purpose, Barbie comes to the realization that the ‘Real World’ is much more different than the Barbie Land she was so used to. Barbie embarks on a quest to find out which human is playing with her doll as she becomes confused with sudden human emotional feelings. During Barbie's own adventure, Ken found interest in the ‘Real World’ and its own patriarchy. Ken decides to return to Barbie Land, and bring the patriarchy along with him, turning what was known as Barbie Land into something completely obscure, and erasing all of Barbie's own accomplishments. However, in the ‘Real World’, Barbie realizes that the reason she is feeling such emotions she is not used to is because the woman who owns her doll is having her own issues herself, and Barbie is now being exposed to the reality that humans face themselves. Barbie believed that the creation of Barbies had fixed everything in the human world when in reality, everyone was still having issues of their own. The movie also dives into womanhood and how it isn’t all pink and glitter. It highlights the effects of the patriarchy and how much it affects women to this day. Barbie discovers the realities of the real world and how it is not so feminist compared to Barbieland, which she is used to. The film focuses on many topics such as motherhood, ageism, toxic masculinity, and so much more. It also explores the complexities of womanhood and just how much it takes to be a woman, especially in today’s world and society. “It is literally impossible to be a woman…” This is one of the many lines of the movie that explores the idea of how exhausting it can be to be a woman and what is expected from men. Towards the end of the movie, everyone in Barbie Land is able to define themselves. Barbie finds out that she is more than just Stereotypical Barbie and that she does not belong to Ken. Ken also finds that he can do much more than just crush on Barbie, instead, he becomes someone who can make his own choices just like anyone else. Barbie is a film that not only has comedic relief and provides entertainment, but it also dives into a variety of complex and important themes, making it what some may call a “cinematic masterpiece.”

Barbie is a movie for women made by women. Greta Gerwig, the director of the film has become the first female director to surpass $1 billion at the box office, a record that is quite astonishing considering that male directors are usually the ones to achieve this milestone. The film has also become Warner Bros’ highest-grossing film ever, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly - Part 2 as well as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Barbie has been making history worldwide this year. It is currently the highest-grossing film of 2023. It is safe to say that Barbie will be what many consider the “Movie of the Year.” It will be without a doubt one of the most record-breaking and successful movies of this era.


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