…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Celebrating the Real Life Barbie: Greta Gerwig’s Vision
Margot Robbie, the Australian actress starring as Barbie in the upcoming film alongside Ryan Gosling as Ken, expressed her admiration for director Greta Gerwig, calling her “everything” and praising her versatile talents.
Robbie revealed that the Barbie movie, based on the iconic Mattel doll, takes Barbie and Ken out of Barbie Land and into the real world.
Gerwig, known for her work on films like Marriage Story and Frances Ha, has co-written the screenplay with her long-term partner Noah Baumbach.
Emma Mackey from Sex Education and Simu Liu will also be part of the cast, portraying different versions of Barbie and Ken.
Challenging Barbie’s Perceptions: A Movie for Changing Times
When asked about how the movie would affect the perception of Barbie, Robbie acknowledged that it has undergone numerous changes over the years.
Barbie has often been both ahead and behind the times.
However, Robbie emphasized that the movie stands on its own and serves as a tribute to the real-life Barbie, Greta Gerwig.
Robbie described Gerwig as a multi-talented individual who embodies the spirit of Barbie—someone who can achieve anything.
The London Premiere: A Nod to Barbie’s Legacy
During the London premiere, Robbie paid homage to the 1960 Enchanted Evening Barbie by choosing a similar outfit.
She wore a pale pink gown with a corseted strapless top, floral detailing at the hip, a train, and white opera gloves.
Gosling and Gerwig, the director behind acclaimed films such as Ladybird and Little Women, joined her for the premiere.
Strong Female Characters and Challenging Stereotypes
Robbie discussed her affinity for portraying strong female characters, expressing her interest in exploring how women construct their lives across generations and what they consider important.
She also emphasized her passion for filmmaking that celebrates women. Gerwig chimed in, assuring that men hesitant about watching a “girlie” movie would find themselves pleasantly surprised.
She believed that Barbie has something to offer both men and Kens, presenting unexpected layers and complexities.
Gosling echoed Gerwig’s sentiments, describing the movie as a “choose-your-own-adventure” with rich depth and a plethora of intriguing conversations.
An Impressive Soundtrack and Arrival in Cinemas
The Barbie movie’s soundtrack boasts contributions from British artists Sam Smith and Dua Lipa, as well as American heavyweights Billie Eilish and Haim.
With its blend of talent and diverse musical offerings, the movie is set to arrive in UK cinemas on July 21st.