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Back to School Issue: “Barbie” Is Kenough

The Barbie movie shatters both records, and expectations.
Theatrical release poster for “Barbie.”

As a kid, I was never allowed to have Barbies because my mom thought that they set unrealistic beauty standards. She didn’t want me to feel bad for not being as skinny or perfect as a Barbie. As a result, I never felt a real connection to Barbie, or any of the Barbie movies growing up. Since I never had that personal connection, I viewed them as cheesy and shallow.

But, despite my lack of knowledge of the previous Barbie movies and “Barbie’s Dream House,” I had been looking forward to this movie since the announcement of its release, and it did not disappoint.

That’s one of the many amazing things about the movie: Director Greta Gerwig was able to turn a movie about dolls into a movie for everyone. A movie for all ages, a movie for the ages.

She was able to completely transform the stereotypical perception of Barbie into something much deeper, a symbol of female empowerment.

The film is set in Barbie Land, a fictional world where all Barbies live. In this alternate reality, full of different Barbies and Kens, Barbies run everything. All of the doctors, the president, the Supreme Court Justices, even the construction workers are women. However, the Kens don’t seem to have any occupations or dream houses like the Barbies.

The movie focuses on stereotypical Barbie played by Margot Robbie who lives the perfect day every day in Barbie Land, until one day everything changes when she starts having irrepressible thoughts of death. This worrisome “defect” sends Barbie on an adventure to the real world with the mission of returning her life to normal.

While on her journey, Barbie has a wake up call. Much to her surprise she realizes that the real world is nothing like Barbie Land, but the exact opposite. She finds a world where men hold all of the power and she is constantly talked down to.

Robbie does an amazing job of bringing a literal doll to life. It’s incredible how much emotion she was able to invoke in audiences as a doll coming to life in the real world. Although the real world is far from perfect, Barbie sees the beauty in everyday humanity and finds herself unable to fit back into the fake reality of Barbie Land. In the end, she chooses to accept all of the challenges and hardships of being a human and return to the real world permanently.

Although Robbie gives a dazzling performance, she isn’t the only one worth mentioning. Her co-star Ryan Gosling (Ken) shined just as bright, but for different reasons. His job wasn’t to get the audience to empathize with him, but to depict the hypocrisy of the patriarchy, which he does extremely well.

Not only was this movie emotional and relevant, but it was funny as well. While tears were shed, laughter was much more common. There were many moments when the entire theater was giggling, usually because of Ken.

It’s no wonder that the Barbie movie broke so many records, such as having the best US opening ever for a film directed by a woman. Therefore, proving that it actually achieved its goal of empowering women. It’s a movie by women, about women, for women.

I think the Barbie movie is an important movie for everyone to see. It clearly depicts the everyday challenges that women face in their day to day lives in a funny, ironic way. If you haven’t already, you should head to the theater as soon as possible to see it.

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Charlotte Stone, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Charlotte Stone is a senior at Robinson and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Knight Writers. This is her third year on staff and her third year as an editor. A nod to her original editorial position as Features Editor, Stone enjoys writing in-depth stories about her peers. “My favorite part of journalism is writing features stories,” Stone said. “I love learning about and sharing the unique stories of Robinson students.” An involved member of the Robinson community, Stone co-founded the RHS Film Club and serves as Captain of the girl’s tennis team. As a lover of the classical period, Stone additionally serves as the co-president of the Latin Club. To balance out her academic responsibilities, Stone pursues an eclectic mix of hobbies. “One of my hobbies is collecting sea glass. I started when I was younger and my collection has continued to grow so much since then,” Stone said. “I also love to play guitar. It’s a great creative outlet and helps me relax and take a break from academic responsibilities.” While Stone is fond of the features section, her well-rounded portfolio reflects her wide range of interests. From writing an A&E review to a Q&A, Stone showcases her unique perspective to create insightful, in-depth and engaging stories. As Co-Editor-in-Chief, Stone hopes to build a capable staff to secure the legacy of Robinson’s storied publication. Going into her final year on staff, Stone begins to look to the future. “Honestly I don’t really know what the future looks like for me,” Stone said. I’m not sure what I want to do, but I hope that I’ll be doing something that I love and doesn’t have anything to do with STEM.” (Profile by Vikram Sambasivan)
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