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Is the Barbie Movie Worth Seeing?

Recently I ventured into the land of Barbie and Ken… And, oh how I laughed…

If you’re on this planet, odds are pretty good that you’ve heard of the Barbie Movie. Initially, I had no interest in seeing it but of course caved under the societal pressures of needing to be in-the-know.

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I mean seriously, what cool Auntie wouldn’t see the Barbie Movie? Right?

The decision was made to see a matinee. They’re cheaper and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The movie had been released weeks before and I was therefore confident that the theatre wouldn’t be packed. Wellllll…. wasn’t I in for a surprise.

Even on a weekday afternoon, the theatre was a hopping sea of pink. There were groups in matching t-shirts, lots of little kids and even grandmas.

Without any previous knowledge of the “plot” I took my seat with the attitude that I’d be wasting two hours of my life.

The beginning was a bit slow, but once Barbie started to lose her perfect ordinariness, it got interesting.

My analytical brain wasn’t prepared to actually like the movie. The tongue-in-cheek sassiness and innuendo were delightful. Along with the intentional flatness of personality and labeled-uniqueness, the movie ended up with a message of empowerment and friendship–among other things.

The movie was fun, lighthearted, and a bit of a trip down memory lane. Like, I’m asking myself what happened to my Barbie camper and mod-hair Ken. 🧐Hmmm….

Now, the one thing I really disliked about this movie was the imbalance of an all-or-nothing world. Basically, it preached that matriarchy is the only way to rule the world and patriarchy is barbaric and stupid.

Always the political message. Neither, in its entirety is great and that’s what this movie really showed.

One thing this movie lacked, in my humble opinion, was self respect. I know… I know… it’s a movie about “dolls”, but bear with me– it’s also the largest grossing movie of all time, millions of people have seen it, and therefore been influenced by it.

What happened to boys playing with dolls? And why does Ken have to be regulated to only one roll in life? I found that sad.

Believe me, I got the whole thing about a world led and ruled by men who sell the “dream” of perfection and sparkle but who ended up as patriarchs of the worst kind–think “me too“…

Why couldn’t a matriarchal society illustrate the acceptance of difference between the genders and prove themselves more tolerant, forgiving, and accepting than their counterparts.

It doesn’t have to be a them and us mentality.

Okay… I’ll stop there. ‘Nuf said.

The movie was fun. It made me laugh. Nothing is as simple as living in a dream-world.

Tell me your thoughts on the movie.


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4 thoughts on “Is the Barbie Movie Worth Seeing?”

  1. Haven’t seen it! Looks too over the top for my taste. Too much pastel, bright colour, lots of noises, movie magic. BUT I really like your interpretation and wise take on what it could have been. Thank you!

  2. I haven’t seen the movie but I heard both sides. A young couple I know loved it. I woman….not so young, pretty much hated it. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

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