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BARBIE (2023)

Barbie finds herself in the midst of an existential crisis, leading her to question her world and her very existence.

Oh, brace yourselves for "Barbie"! A visually dazzling extravaganza featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling strutting their stuff in a pastel wonderland. This movie seems to have forgotten that it's supposed to be about a toy, not a political manifesto!

Greta Gerwig's direction takes us on a trip through a candy-coated fantasy realm where everything is saccharine sweet. But hang on, where's the substance? Ah, yes, lost somewhere in the sea of social commentary that tries so hard to be relevant but ends up being about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

Margot Robbie as Barbie is charming, no doubt about that. But instead of embracing the timeless allure of Barbie's empowering essence, we're treated to a ham-fisted attempt at making her politically woke. Because, you know, that's exactly what the kids want when playing with their dolls! Ryan Gosling's Ken is a bright spot, injecting some humor and heart into this otherwise misguided endeavor. Kudos to him for trying to salvage what he can from the wreck of a script.

Sure, the film's visuals are impressive, like a hyperactive unicorn threw up all over the screen. But let's not forget why Barbie became an icon in the first place - to encourage imagination and inspire young minds to dream big. Sadly, those aspirations seem to have been tossed out the pastel-colored window.

In conclusion, "Barbie" is a visually flashy, politically ambitious mess that leaves you craving the simplicity of the toy it was meant to celebrate. If you're in the mood for a bizarre trip to a world that's trying too hard to be profound, go ahead and take the plunge. But don't say I didn't warn you when you find yourself reminiscing about the good ol' days when Barbie was just about fun and games, not pseudo-intellectual posturing.

BARBIE Directed by Greta Gerwig Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach Release on July 9, 2023 Runtime: 114 minutes Casting: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrara

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