Barbie reviews: Barbie will arrive on Friday in theatres, which Written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Ladybird), The first critical reviews for the highly anticipated Barbie movie are hitting the internet, and reviewers seem to be having a good time with Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie’s big-screen take on the iconic doll.
What did the reviewers say?
Christina Newland said it was “droll, gorgeously retro, and frequently hilarious, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is exactly the movie that I hoped it would be. I’m here to report back: Barbie has brains within its beauty, remaining a movie by and for the girly-girls, allowing us a fuchsia blast of prettified joy, and maintaining the feminist credentials to enjoy all the frippery guilt-free. In other words: Barbie fights the patriarchy in high heels and it’s glorious.
“Barbie is a camp, wacky, unmitigated joy, from full-on musical sequences to jokes about Barbie’s lack of genitals, to Ken, a himbo par excellence, learning “masculinity” from a montage heavily featuring the work of Sylvester Stallone. And its two lead performances are by turns adorably earnest (Robbie) and uproariously wink-and-nod (Gosling, who is having so much fun flexing his biceps and singing to camera here that it’s impossible not to love him): these are two bonafide Movie Stars at work.”
The Daily Mail‘s Sarah Vine, however, said: “It’s a deeply anti-man movie, an extension of all that TikTok feminism that paints any form of masculinity – other than the most anodyne – as toxic and predator Every male character is either an idiot, a bigot or a sad, rather pathetic loser. If the roles were reversed, and a male director made a film about how all women were hysterical, neurotic, gold-digging witches, it would be denounced – quite rightly – as deeply offensive and sexist
The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw saying it is “a good-natured but self-conscious movie” that is “occasionally very funny, but sometimes also somehow demure and inhibited, as if the urge to be funny can only be mean and satirical”.
Time‘s Stephanie Zacharek said: “It’s a movie that’s enormously pleased with itself. Barbie never lets us forget how clever it’s being, every exhausting minute.”
And Empire‘s Beth Webb gave it four stars, saying: “Robbie – who has been dialling it up to 11 since Harley Quinn – is hilarious, but the most consistent scene-stealer is Mr. Blond Fragility.”
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