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Woke ‘Barbie’ Drowns In Feminism, Lectures

Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling can't save story captured by man-hating agenda

Don’t let “Barbie’s” dreamy, Day-Glo visuals fool you.

The film runs on hate, not affection.

“Barbie,” inspired by the Mattel toy dating back to 1959, loathes men to a degree that would make a Women’s Studies major blush. It hates the Barbie toy itself, dubbing it “fascist” and worse throughout the film.

“Barbie” also hates women with sweet memories of the doll. Just know you supported the “Patriarchy” all those years ago. And maybe even now.

That leaves an ambitious film, scattered with well-earned laughs, that disintegrates during a disastrous third act.

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“Barbie” opens with a clever conceit. What if Barbie Land existed as another universe alongside our real, imperfect world? The toys-as-people conceit is funny at first but quickly loses steam.

Stereotypical Barbie, played with panache by Margot Robbie, suddenly finds herself victim to feelings from that other realm. She thinks about death, for starters, interrupting the dreamy existence everyone enjoys in Barbie Land. 

Except the men. The various Kens, led by Ryan Gosling, are there to be either ogled or ignored. Mostly the latter.

This Uber-feminist world has no need, desire or empathy for Ken Nation. And the lads are perfectly content because they don’t know any better.

When Barbie and Ken leave their world to visit the Real one, everything changes. Ken discovers the Patriarchy, and he likes it! (The screenplay mentions the “patriarchy” 10 times… 10!) Barbie encounters rampant sexism, like AMC’s “Mad Men” on steroids.

Had “Barbie” been set in the 1950s some of this would make sense.

Can Barbie learn why her perfect life is now not so ideal? Will Ken bring the Patriarchy back home? Will a movie that starts with promise curdle during the critical third act?

The answer to the latter, sadly, is “absolutely.”

That’s a shame since director/co-writer Greta Gerwig establishes inventive ways to bring the toy franchise to life. She even drops references to actual Barbie accessories during the film and uncorks a funny faux commercial about a new, “depressed” Barbie doll option.

The production design is sublime. If “Barbie” were an old home you’d say it had “good bones.”

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Gerwig, along with collaborator Noah Baumbach, have an agenda to push that drains the joy from their creation time after time. And it starts from the opening minutes with a cringe-worthy close-up of the all-female Supreme Court (where’s Amy Coney Barrett?).

Feminism! Empowerment! Down with the Patriarchy!

Every time the film gains momentum it pauses to make a mini-speech The characters can’t move beyond these moments because there’s always another minutes away.

It’s the perfect encapsulation of woke storytelling. The AgendaTM matters more than the narrative and mustn’t be denied.

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“Barbie” could still offer powerful points about sexism in the western world with a less heavy-handed approach. Show, don’t tell. Instead, it tells, and tells, until the story has nowhere to go. That leaves a finale brimming with poorly choreographed fight scenes, dance numbers that make no sense and conclusions that feel almost anti-human.

This movie hates men so much it hurts. Even a key character’s husband is emasculated in his fleeting screen time by both his wife and daughter.

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Gosling’s Ken is alternately cruel and dopey, drowning in a sea of masculine cliches. The rest of the Kens appear, well, gay and equally devoid of any inner life.

Of course, we can’t have so much as a flicker of romance between Robbie’s Barbie and Gosling’s Ken. Ewwwww, gross! That’s not empowering … at all!

“I don’t want you here,” Robbie’s Barbie flat-out tells him at one point. Never mind that little girls bought millions of Ken dolls so their Barbie could have a romance for the ages.

That doesn’t further THIS agenda, so it’s discarded.

America Ferrera, cast as a mother pining for her Barbie-infused youth, delivers a TED talk late in the film that gives the game away. It’s a feminist screed that regurgitates everything said up until that point.

It stops the movie. Cold. “Barbie” never recovers. How could it?

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Ferrera’s daughter isn’t exactly pleased to meet Barbie in real life, or are we reading lines like this wrong?

“You represent everything wrong with our culture. You destroyed the planet with your glorification of rampant consumerism … you fascist!”

Oh, and please buy Mattel products after seeing our new movie!

Will Ferrell looks lost as the Mattel CEO trying to track down the runaway Barbie. Is he a cold, cunning capitalist? A man sworn to uphold the Barbie legacy? A male feminist eager to make the world a better place?

Darned if Gerwig and Baumbach can tell, leaving the great comic actor lurching from scene to scene in utter confusion.

The only thing missing from “Barbie?” Those blood-red Handmaid’s Tale costumes. They’re saving those for the sequel, most likely.

HiT or Miss: “Barbie” smartly adapts the iconic toy to the big screen but does everything in its power to destroy it.

145 Comments

    1. IKR???!!! After the amazing & honoring success of all the latest franchise entries, I am…. flabbergasted that they could get this franchise wrong. Ah well, at least it’s in the hands of intellectually curious people. They will learn from their mistakes and make a quality sequel.

      1. It’s unfortunately going to make a ton of money because parents are only seeing the Barbie logo and taking their kids to see it. Then it will die off after they realize it isn’t for kids.

      1. Im sorry, that is hilarious after a couple weeks of Sound of Freedom being out and every the entire left collectively losing their minds that a movie called child sex trafficking evil. I took my daughter to this movie and this article is spot on. It’s not meant to be empowering its meant to teach little girls that they are victims and that could be anything if not for those terrible boys that just ruin everything. I’m not riled up, I’m just not an idiot.

      2. I wasn’t scared of the movie. I went there and took my daughter. There’s nothing to be afraid it. It wasn’t an appropriate for kids at all. But sometimes you just want to go to a movie and not be preached at.

      3. @George J Kamburoff

        This is nothing,

        You should have seen the right-wing meltdown over Captain Marvel’s box office success.

      4. It’s part of the left’s attack against American traditions and values, not to mention that it emasculates men.

        1. Emasculates men how? Ken had every opportunity to live his own life go get his own house. Women all over the world LOVED this movie because of how right it is, how spit on it hit every single experience. Yeah sure it’s an attack on old traditions and values that up until recently, prevented women from freedom and autonomy (credit cards, mortgages, voting ect.) to keep us reliant on men, and now that we have our freedom we’re not reliant on men y’all are terrified and actually have to put in effort and acknowledge that we are not lower than you guys. The only constant in life is change, traditions and values can change too.

        1. Someone needs to make another G.I. Joe movie about men making all the sacrifices in the world to protect our freedoms while women sit at home and do nothing. After the feminist meltdown, we’ll exclaim, “Hey, it’s just a movie about dolls!”
          (taken from a Ben Shapiro post)

        2. I love how people like you come here just to get triggered over the truth of the content in this movie.. stay naive and blind

      5. You mean like how progressives wet themselves over an indie movie about stopping child sex trafficking? I think you’d better sit this one out bud

      6. Sounds like you’re still sucking on a women’s nipple. Least you forget it was the MAN that built this country so the women of today can have all the present day conveniences.

        1. Your handle and post tell a person exactly what they need to know about you. You exude a false pride of someone deeply unhappy with himself and the world in general, Anyone who does not accept the equality of other people is uncertain about his place in the world and unsure about his own equality to others. Your cockiness is a mask for a deep insecurity about yourself. Your resentment towards other people is a reflection of the resentment you hold towards yourself.

  1. Western storytelling has become joyless. “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.”

    1. What an excellent point, especially when contrasted with Caviezel’s message at the end of Sound Of Freedom. He spoke about the importance of storytelling, and how the kids were the heroes, bcoz telling their stories is what moved the men to action. (I finally saw SOF last night. I am blown away and still processing. I can’t wait to see it again.)

      1. We went to see Sound of Freedom two nights ago because of 1) friends said we had to see it and 2) the media were freaking out about it. We thought it was amazing. Just a great, non-sequal, no-super-power, good story about a good man doing a great thing for helpless children. I look for these kinds of films at this stage of life and will skip Barbie.

    1. That’s bc we’ve had to deal with all the sexist crap from men for centuries! now with Barbie treating Ken this way in the movie all the conservative men are freaking out, what a ‘twist’ lol!

      1. Man I’m such a victim that everyone and their mom could have known I was gonna be such a snowflake and write this review.

  2. This movie was written as a vehicle for Amy Schumer, so none of this should be a surprise. I doubt any writing was changed when the casting directors came to their senses.

      1. Don’t you find it ironic that people who ostensibly fight for gender equality use dehumanizing slurs to attack the gender of those who don’t like their media?

      2. I happily and thoughtfully disagree with your review and I encourage everyone who resonates with this review, to not necessarily go see the movie, but just start talking to people who are different from you.

        Seeing “woke” as something problematic is the exact perspective that prevents you from understanding this movie. “Woke” is being informed, educated, and conscious of how different people experience injustice in their day-to-day existence. That’s it. This movie is predominately about how women experience the world. You appear to be a man, and you aren’t interested in educating yourself about the experiences of anyone else. If you aren’t informed and educated, then this movie is beyond what you are capable of understanding. You lack both the knowledge and lived experience to be skilled enough to write a review on this movie.

        This review will not change the way women feel in this world. This review will surely not change women’s experiences for the better. Your review, at most, will empower other men, like you, to use anti-wokeness a a cover to feel better about their insecurities in a world where men do not dominate women.

        The biggest oversight in your review, is that the movie is really about men needing to take a look at the patriarchy and how it negatively impacts women, but also men. We can work together, not fight one another, to create systems and opportunities that help everyone.

        1. Appreciate your thoughtful reply. I would respect the woke revolution a tiny bit if this were true:

          “Woke” is being informed, educated, and conscious of how different people experience injustice in their day-to-day existence. That’s it.

          It’s not. There are many examples of the woke mob standing down because it doesn’t help them politically. The best? Hunter Biden. He may be the greatest example of White Privilege in modern history, yet that label is never attached to him. Ever. He gets a pass. Why? The D- in front of his father’s name. One more. Morgan Wallen saw his career nearly end after he was caught saying the n-word in private (and not against a black person). Yet Hunter Biden repeatedly used the n-word in texts. The woke didn’t call him out, didn’t cancel him … they did nothing. Except scurry to pay thousands of dollars for his art work. Oh, and the press all but ignored those texts, too. The press is woke… unless it could hurt a Democrat.

          Need more? GOP women can be attacked, slandered … you name it. It’s never framed as misogynistic. The woke mob never rallies to their side in their defense. Why? The R- before their names.

          1. Your frustration with how “woke culture” has paid attention to Hunter Biden, or not paid attention to certain GOP women only distracts from this thread.

            Barbie movie elevates the day to day experiences of women, and how women are often treated in ways in which the feel like they are the supporting characters to men – to be “ogled or ignored.” It is a privilege to have a voice on the subject – you could have chosen to lift up this experience, and with the power you (still) have within the patriarchy (that still exists), you have the opportunity to encourage others to become aware and question the role women are asked to play in society. One that they are largely unhappy with.

            You could have also given attention to how the movie is asking men to become more aware of how the patriarchy hurts them too and is built on power and control which incites constant conflict (ie. you vs. hunter biden, you vs. feminism, you vs. “the woke mob”, you vs. Democrats).

    1. What’s with the incel insult in all of this? Do you really think everyone who disagrees with this kind of content from Hollywood is an incel? Many men happily married and in love with strong women disagree similarly because Hollywood can’t be subtle about empowering women and is mostly just writing scripts that have no nuance. Even some actresses who have done powerful roles have a problem with the poorly written female characters of modern Hollywood. Stop with the insults and try to understand why people might complain about some things. Some hate because they just wanna hate, but that’s a very small part of the population.

    1. Where do you get *that* from? Or do you just say random things in a smarmy voice, and then assume you sound smart?

  3. You do realize that humans CAN love something AND be able to criticize aspects of it and its past as well as certain of its larger social and economic influence? When you love something it isn’t a blind cult. But I guess you wouldn’t know about that. People like you like joining cults. You’d think a critic would know that. I guess that exposes what you are NOT.

    1. Maybe. But it is unlikely that I will make a documentary about my grandmother, calling her a fascist along the way and portraying my grandfather as a loser who broke her life. Because I love them.

    2. Because when I go see a movie for a beloved character I want to lectured to and called a POS for ever loving it! That’s exactly what a summer movie should be!

  4. If everything you describe is even half true, then my god, this will be a failure and scandal even more than the Ghostbusters of 2016 or Velma.

    1. Once again, the sensitive, weak man who can’t handle strong portrayals of women (as they can’t handle being proven even more less than then they already are) thinks a movie that’s already out-sold almost every major blockbuster this year will fail because feminism/gender equality/“woke” (really whatever you want to say) has proven to be much more successful than ignorant, misogynistic hate. Let’s go Barbie!

      1. You’re really bad at this, aren’t you?

        I never said the movie would fail. The b.o. projections are huge, in part, because the marketing tricked consumers into thinking it WASN’T a screed. My wife is a warrior who beat breast cancer and continues to bully past the symptoms she suffers from the medication keeping cancer at bay. Do better. Read better. Argue better. Try again!

        1. This is going to put a sour taste in a lot of “normal” people’s mouths. The expectation from families is so far divorced from what’s actually on the screen that it’s impossible to ignore. This will worsen gender divides, and I’m honestly happy about that.

          I guarantee that if the women in a hypothetical toy movie were as one-dimensional as the male dolls are in this movie, paid shills like the ones trolling this review would be the first to scream “misogyny”.

          It’s ironic: the ones who say men needs to express their feelings more shout men down when they complain.

      2. I guess you don’t learn from Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones 5 and other woke movies that ended up flopped.

      3. As a woman, there’s probably no one I dislike more on this planet than women who use terms like “misogyny, patriarchy, strong powerful women, blah blah blah” in their daily conversation. Constantly feeling the need to knock men is pitiful. If we erased every contribution men have made to society tomorrow, we’d go back to living in the stone age.. I appreciate that the reviewer had the nerve to call it like he saw it, even though I’m sure he knew he’d end up with people like yourself calling him a misogynist.. maybe you’d be more happy living in your barbie dream world where only girls rule. I’m happy to help you pack.

      4. I’m a woman and I thought it was so miserably nauseatingly preachy.
        We just want to see entertainment. We don’t want to feel like going to a movie is like going to church.

      1. Women that use words like misogyny, insecure, toxic, patriarchy, etc etc, are never capable of having a rational debate. They’re always the first to start calling names and get hysterical. As a woman, we don’t claim them! I bet they’re a real treat at parties

        1. With a name like Smashley, you think i’m not fun at parties?!

          And I use words like misogny, insecure, toxic, and patriarchy all the time. They are just words. And they represent a lot of what is happening in our society.

          Women being against other women is also a result of the patriarchy.

          1. On a final note blaming everything on patriarchy is just a sign of a weak ass woman who has no real intellect and no argument. We are a generation of men raised by women and considering how bad the crime rates are in black neighborhoods and 70 percent of those don’t have fathers, it sounds like women are bad at their jobs.

    1. You could have put some logical and rational points to explain your position. But instead you chose to attack and name-call. Not good.

  5. Such a brave, feminist movie that Gerwig had her husband help with the script. Take that, Patriarchy! It sounds like an inferior version of The Lego Movie with an agenda.

    1. This comment is such a shame! This is exactly the point the movie is making. Being feminist is not anti-men! Being feminist is creating space to understand everyone’s experience and injustices, and not fight one another about it so that one has power and control over the other.

      The opposite of patriarchy is not women ruling as men do now. The opposite of patriarchy is women enjoying the same freedom and opportunity as men do without either having power or control over the other. It is all of us living and experiencing the world in ways that allows us the same opportunities to be who we want to be.

        1. I’d like the freedom to speak my mind without a man needing to compensate for his insecurity by insulting a women to feel more powerful.

  6. Incel alert! Anyone who uses “woke” in the pejorative should find a deserted island and stay there. Forever.

    1. Anyone who is triggered by the word “woke” being used as an appropriate pejorative is obviously so very angry that they can’t control the narrative. Seethe harder.

    2. Fascists such as yourself really hate it when they can’t control language. Sorry, but “mostly peaceful riots” is a phrase that is completely inane, and “woke” is a term that has earned its status as a definite pejorative among most normies out there.

    3. Feminism 101:
      >Claim culture places too focus on men having sex as a form of status
      >Ridicule men who can’t get laid, thus contributing to the stigma you allegedly oppose.
      >Ignore all irony
      >Project hatred onto target political opponent.

  7. Your fragility is showing, reinforced by your inability to go without responding to every comment that contracts your opinion.

    1. “Durrr, you’re triggered and fragile” are really lame retorts though. Calling them out as such is quite appropriate.

  8. Being critical of the gender imbalance in the real world is not “hating men.” Sure Barbieland is a gynarchy but that’s because it is a girl empowered fantasy land. When little girls play with Barbie dolls do you think they play with the men in charge of everything? Ken is devoid of inner life because, again, he is an accessory toy to a girl’s fantasy. It makes sense with the world building. When he enters the real world he becomes like Jack Skeleton in Nightmare Before Christmas and decides to try to incorporate what he learned from the real world into Barbieland with equally disastrous results that have to be remedied. Afterwards the Barbies realize that maybe they didn’t appreciate the Ken’s enough and decide to give them some more responsibilities that mirrors how women had to slowly fight their way into positions of power within the real world patriarchy. It is completely accurate and helps men see the world through a woman’s eyes.

    Also I only recall Barbie being referred to as a fascist once by a real world character who is disillusioned with the barbie fantasy of female empowerment. I did not get the sense like you did that the director/writer agreed with that sentiment since that character ends up losing her cynicism about Barbie and becomes an ally in helping her reclaim Barbieland.

    1. As a guy, I actually see what you are saying. Those who quickly dismiss this as missandry actually didn’t understand the undertones of it all. Barbie did acknowledge being in the world where the girls are in control also makes mistake and realises she did take Ken for granted, so it’s not to say she didn’t possess a moment of weakness. It’s also a reflection of actual treating one another with respect.

    2. This is exactly what I didn’t want to see when I paid it to see a fun girly exciting, entertaining movie. If I wanted to see what you just wrote, I would go take a class. What’s wrong with wanting to see a movie that’s going to entertain you?

  9. Interesting review glad I wasn’t the only one who thought this. Disappointing the comments that disagree don’t have any rational points or perspectives to offer 😐 I thought the third act when the kens go back to having nothing wasn’t very equality of the film. If “Barbieland” was supposed to be the reverse of the real world with gender power what’s the message trying to say here?

    1. Keep in mind none of the comments that disagree have had a chance to see the movie yet. So not much substance there.

  10. One of these comments made me realize that most of Hollywood ‘wokeness’ is just white people cashing out on the mistakes of their ancestors.

    1. Why didn’t the woke mob come for Hunter Biden when he used the n-word multiple times in text messages? Why, it’s almost like woke is full of, well, you know what.

  11. This review just makes me want to watch the movie even way more than before! And I was already super excited for it. Thank you!

    1. Oh well i do guess that women never really contribute to society in real life so you gotta fake it in movies i guess. carry on.

  12. Lol this review is some hilarious boomer-level pearl-clutching.

    It’s a Barbie movie.

    A movie about a toy.

    They made it less boring by including elements of the contemporary zietgeist… Elements that this reviewer can’t intellectually handle, I guess.

    The whole review could just be “Why isn’t this movie more unintelligent and saccharine? How dare it explore IDEAS!!!??”

      1. I think he did fine. It’s harshly worded and concise to a fault, but he has a clear opinion on the film that I think he conveyed well. Let’s see YOUR debating skills– check my recent comment out and give me some counterpoints.

    1. An opening where girls smash the heads of their dolls in with a message against motherhood is just a Barbie movie.

      Gaslight harder.

  13. What a miserable movie and such a joke this is what film has become. Lectures and insults. Angry political statements. Hollywood deserves to wither on the vine.

    1. Exactly Chad spot on, Hollywood has been a joke pushing woke and me-too in the absence of any real original content. The whole Marvel Mattel theme park joyride genre needs to die in a ditch like Glamrock did when Grunge turned up.

  14. Sounds like it was written by AI — but boy did this review bring out the trolls!!! Impressive!! How you know you are over the target.

  15. Seems the only saving grace for this movie is that Barbie was played by a real female actress and not some transgendered woman. I haven’t seen the movie and no desire to – gave up my Barbie doll some fifty years ago.

  16. Soooo it’s just more Hollywood…say goodbye to some more millions as you propagandize your already braindead minority and stroke your overinflated egos…morons,

  17. Thank you for saving me the bother of walking out of this movie. Starting with a scene with an all female Supreme Court? So as I burst out laughing in public at that – instead of assuming “oh – he hates women” – maybe consider that I was raised by feminists who preached “Equality” – they did not teach me “Domination” I mean – that scene is about as funny as a loving religious person saying “I bring you a message of Peace – which if you reject I will KILL YOU!”……..see what I did there?

    1. Two words:

      Sputnik! Once the astronauts went up, children only wanted to play with space toys.

  18. Well I just saw the film and thought it was pretty fun. And for what it’s worth, I took the daughter’s line (“You represent everything wrong with our culture. You destroyed the planet with your glorification of rampant consumerism … you fascist!”) as a joke. And I don’t want to spoil it, but I thought there were some fun and surprising character arcs. I will admit that I have a different political background than most of the readers here – but I respect all the views and actually like to read reviews that might differ from mine. So I appreciate your POV but will admit I dug it! Thanks!

  19. It’ll make its millions – might even make a billion – entirely on brand name alone, and Robbie’s catwalking round the world (on private flights no doubt – how very woke indeed) in appropriate dress(es).

    Wokes will hysterically scream of its success as proof that woke, works.

    More woke films will be greenlit (ab)using popular IPs, some of which may well flop hilariously.

  20. So the audience loses nothing by avoiding this film. Thank goodness. I’m curious to know what HiT thinks of better films such as “Clueless” and “Legally Blonde”. Both have pink-clad blonde West Coast girls who go on a Heroine’s Journey and improve themselves: Cher learns about humility and not messing with other people’s lives while Ella learns about dedication and hard work in law school.

    1. Those films were fun, smart and inspiring. They didn’t wallow in lectures. They entertained, first and foremost, and the cultural lessons flowed from there. Barbie does the opposite.

  21. Barbie has never been mistaken for a magnet for male tastes. However, as much as I would refuse to see the “Barbie” movie if it DIDN’T reek of wokeism and misandry, the fact that it DOES reek of it makes my refusal to see it even stronger.

  22. Ironically Ryan Gosling stole this movie because he was authentically funny playing Ken and the Barbies couldn’t come close because any humor had to be followed up with inserted messaging.

  23. I am going to see Oppenheimer but I am skipping the Barbie movie entirely. Ferrara’s unhinged feminist rant full of Hollywood pablum turned me off completely. Women in America in 2023 are the most privileged group of people to ever have walked the earth, but it will never be enough. I am sick of spoiled people pretending to be oppressed.

  24. Watching the trailers (not yet aware it was a Gerwig film) alerted my ability to discern that Barbie would indeed be a Hollywood propaganda project. Hard pass. If I want lectures I’ll watch philosophy videos on YouTube. Thank you for your excellent review validating my suspicions. Very sad to read those
    insulting rejoinders; name calling ‘sall they got.

  25. I frankly disagree with your analysis completely. I thought was a very delightful film with a heartfelt message at the end. You love bringing up the film’s “hatred of men”, but bear in mind that Barbieland is an imaginary world centered around a line of GIRL’S TOYS. One known for depicting its titular character in a number of high positions, including governmental roles like President. Presumably that would ultimately lend itself to a world led by women. Still, it ends with the Barbies essentially apologizing to the Kens for ignoring and kind of mistreating them, and I thought it implied that a level of equality would manifest between them going forward.

    My point in all of this is that I feel there’s a level of nuance to this movie which you clearly chose not to pick up on, and I find your cherry-picking of points verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting. You’re so eager to point out that the teenage character calls Barbie a fascist, but you don’t bother to acknowledge that this is in the 2nd act of the movie before said character goes through a pretty clear change in attitude. You highlight Barbie telling Ken she doesn’t want him here, despite the fact that it very obviously ties into a conflict which, like I said, is resolved at the end when Barbie apologizes to Ken for ignoring and largely excluding him along with the other Kens.

    Why am I even writing this? It’s been three days since you published your review, and I’m not even convinced you’ll respond considering you seem more interested in firing witty retorts back at the senseless name-callers than actually engaging in discussion with people like me who have actual counterpoints. Yes, I also find it interesting that you’re choosing to ignore commenters with actual insight while telling others to “engage in actual debate”. You seem equally reluctant to do so, my friend.

      1. Over a week and still nothing? Tsk tsk. Did my mildly hostile, confrontational tone scare you away? I see you did respond to another opposing comment, so good on you, Chris.

        1. This just in: Christian Bloato continues dodging my criticism of his analysis after A FULL MONTH! More at six.

  26. The film’s main message: A female-dominated world is ideal while a male-ruled world is toxic. I kept waiting for the narrative to somehow resolve this shallow, morally bankrupt notion but nothing happens. The final conclusion is the same as the initial setup: matriarchy good, patriarchy bad. No middle ground. Shameful gender war politics.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, and I was waiting for a similar, uplifting revolution. Hey, the Patriarchy is bad, but we went too far in BarbieLand and Ken and co. deserve dignity. Nope. Not at all.

      1. This actually is how the movie ends. I do think it could have been a bigger point which would have made the whole movie stronger.

      2. Isn’t this literally how the dissonance between Barbieland and the real world is resolved? The Barbies learn that change is part of life (and allegorically, society) and they’ve been disenfranchising the Kens and begin to make changes for inclusion. I came away with the very believable notion that patriarchy is bad, but so is matriarchy. It wasn’t a short scene either. Was it not forceful or expository enough for you?

  27. In a way this movie is very important. It shows that Wokesheviks, just like Bolsheviks, are not interested in getting equal, but in getting even. Their goal is not a better world, but a world where the oppressed become the oppressors and exact terrible revenge on their former masters. It is a world of GULAGs and Katyn Forests. The world where Kens are made to suffer 10-fold for the real and imaginary sins of man-kind, in a pink plastic Soviet Union under the leadership of Barbie Stalin.

    1. Indeed. The hate of the Wokesheviks exceeds their claim to virtue, and it always, always, reduces to hate.

  28. I saw it. Yeah there were a lot of messages. Woke? If you’re thinking BLM white people suck then, Nah. Typical feminist stuff about how tough it is to be a woman well then yeah. If they had even touched on how a man’s life ai’t all it’s cracked up to be it might have worked.

  29. After watching the Barbie movie, I don’t want to live any more. I am worthless and my life has no point.

  30. Haven’t seen the movie and don’t plan to, but it doesn’t sound like it’s “fun” at all. If I want to see male-bashing running rampant, I can watch daytime TV commercials for free.

  31. Just got around to watching Barbie on Max with my wife. Ooh boy. You called out a lot of the problems with this picture, Mr. Toto, but I think you were ultimately too kind in your review. This film is a mess from the beginning (save for the production design, as you pointed out, which is super fun). It’s like the filmmakers didn’t know whether they wanted to create a narrative that satirizes society in places or a satire that attempts to tell a narrative in places. Amorphous but ever-leftist messaging very quickly prevails over the story, and as a result — for all the beautiful and vibrant things on screen — the movie never feels cohesive (and sometimes not even intelligible). Robbie and Gosling have never felt less likable to me — I mean, these are two stars that are usually as magnetic as they come. That isn’t to say the performances aren’t great: the problem is all in the writing. You’re spot on in your diagnosis of the misuse of Will Ferrell. Just a badly misconceived character. The lecturing would have taken me out of story if there had been a coherent story to be taken out of. Others have pointed out that there is a lot that the filmmakers rail against, but there is almost nothing they put forth as an alternative. The messaging is all critique and no proposal. Their ideas are often contradictory or hypocritical when they are coming across clearly to begin with. One great point my wife made was in response to America Ferrera’s character’s address at the very end, where she was going on about how women can be anything. My wife turned to me and said, “When you state that women can be something extraordinary like President or ordinary like a mother, aren’t you suggesting that being a mother isn’t anything special?” I wanted to like this movie, but when a movie feels like its makers don’t especially like its primary source material and don’t know how to clearly communicate their own feelings about that primary source material, it’s tough.

      1. Thanks for taking the time to read my take, Christian. I truly wanted to like this film. I have two young daughters who love playing with Barbies, and I had hoped this might be something my wife and I could watch with them (with perhaps a fast-forwarded scene or two). Absolutely no chance of that happening. This is a cynical and hopelessly muddled film that I can’t believe really appeals to anyone — not even the creators, who would rather tilt at the windmills of The Patriarchy than tell a compelling story that both critiques the wrongs of misogyny and shows respect to a beloved toy and its fans. I think the thing that bothers me most is that this could have been a really wonderful film.

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