Barbie Movie Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

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The announcement of a movie based on Barbie toys in the first stages could seem like a naive and even childish idea. But the first trailer immediately attracted the attention of the public. Maximum self-deprecation and an all-star cast led by Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird) threatened to deliver one of the most unusual shows of 2023. Everything turned out roughly like that, but there was a place in “Barbie” for unexpected moments as well. Read more in our review below.

Barbie Movie Meaning

Genre romantic comedy
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Simu Liu
Premiere cinemas
Release year 2023
IMDb site

The main character of the film – Barbie (Margot Robbie) lives in Barbieland with other Barbies, Kens and other toys from this series. Everything is always perfect in Barbieland. So when trouble starts to happen to the story’s central Barbie, she realizes that something is wrong—and it may have something to do with the real world. She goes on a journey to better understand the situation and herself. And she will be accompanied by Ken (Ryan Gosling), who is in love with her.

From the very first seconds, “Barbie” seems to be exactly the film that was actively sold to us through trailers, interviews and other advertising materials. What can it even be about when the movie starts with a reference scene to “2001 A Space Odyssey”? “Barbie” starts as self-deprecatingly and vividly as possible.

The very concept of Barbieland is immediately appealing. All the Barbies and Kens here are real people, but they’re also toys. They can take an invisible shower and eat invisible food. In Barbieland, every day is like a holiday. And this moment alone causes at least a slight anxiety.

The authors of the film very skillfully play with similar emotions and the thought “something is wrong here”. Here, “Barbie” can be compared to the YouTube series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, in which extremely scary things happened under the guise of a children’s show. However, “Barbie” does not plunge into horror at all, instead choosing a completely different path.

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As time goes on, the film begins to gain more and more depth. And this is not what you expect from the self-ironic story about Barbie and Ken performed by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The initial juxtaposition of reality and fiction is quickly supplemented by new, more complex themes.

A very large role in the plot of “Barbie” is played by the discussion of the place of women and men in modern society. The script operates in simple terms, but at the same time tries to consider this eternal conflict from different angles. And some of the conclusions reached by the film may be quite unexpected for someone. This was especially evident in the extremely mixed reaction of the audience in the hall to individual scenes.

History here does not give specific answers and does not impose its point of view. In addition, it does not become too complex, which could scare away the audience. From the very beginning to the end credits, you watch the story of Barbie, Ken and the real world, as well as the strange connections in which these three elements interact with each other. And it’s genuinely funny here as often as it is almost unbearably sad.

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Barbie plays with your emotions and expectations as fiercely and unprincipledly as a small child plays with dolls themselves. It’s even somewhat surprising that Mattel, the company responsible for the production of the titular toys, allowed such a film to be released. After all, sometimes he goes into quite provocative territories.

At the same time, cinema does not forget to constantly fascinate and entertain. “Barbie” achieves enormous dynamics by changing not locations, but themes in the script and contexts. Thanks to this, the feeling during viewing is constantly changing, but always remains positive. Even rare meta-ironic comments turned out to be very appropriate here.

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The local acting perfectly complements the impression of the film. Margot Robbie has long established herself as a first-class actress who is able to transform into complex characters with a complex inner world.

Barbie became an addition to a similar vector of her images, but with one addition. During the film, we literally see how this same “complex inner world” appears in the initially flat character.

And Ryan Gosling is Ryan Gosling. This will be enough for many. If not, then be ready to see one of the most interesting roles of the actor. He was able to bring his depth to Ken, and that in itself is a great achievement.

Review of the movie

The film is full of many famous people. There was even room for Dua Lipa and John Cena. And everyone looks organic in the local extravaganza of colors and emotions. After all, even artificiality in the story of “Barbie” also turns out to be artificial, and over time only real emotions come to the fore.

In “Barbie” you can deconstruct and analyze individual scenes, which have enough moments for connoisseurs. Or you can just enjoy watching, getting visual and audio pleasure (the soundtrack here is great, yes). The authors of the film do not force you to a specific mood, but made a film literally for everyone, without modesty and shame. And somewhat ironically, the same can be said about a movie about Barbie dolls. However, after watching, all the irony of this phrase will definitely disappear from your head.

Pros: interesting but accessible plot structure; a huge number of important ideas revealed in a simple manner; lack of imposition of moral principles; Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling gave some of their best performances; all elements of the film work in a strong connection with each other Cons: if the very idea of ​​a story about Barbie dolls is repulsive to you, the film will not give you pleasant emotions Conclusion:

Jokes about the “film of the year” turned out to be not exactly jokes, because for some, “Barbie” will be exactly such a film. This is an enchanting show that hides far from rosy truths behind tons of pink color. And this contrast is so captivating that it is simply impossible to forget about the film

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