I was eating lunch when the e-mail from Warner Bros. Pictures hit my inbox announcing that the newest teaser trailer for Barbie was ready. Aside from the perfect casting of Margot Robbie in the title role, I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope for the movie. However, that all changed after seeing the 1:44 teaser.
This thing looks hilarious, but not in an intentional way. I love the overuse of the color pink. Poking fun at Barbie’s weird world of perfectly sculpted people isn’t exactly new. However, treating it in such a pure manner, as seen in the trailer, leads to unexpected laughs due to the absurdity of the material.
Then there’s the scene where Ryan Gosling threatens to “beach off” another guy. Yep. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie will lean into the old jokes about Ken. I get it. It is funny, but who is this movie geared towards? Kids or cynical adults?
Barbie will open in the U.S. on July 21st and worldwide on July 19th.
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig wrote Barbie. Baumbach’s previous credits include Marriage Story and The Squid and the Whale. Considering the overtones in Marriage Story, I’m surprised that Noah would have been interested in penning a Barbie film. That makes me worry about what downer themes may be worked into the film’s narrative.
Robbie, I still contend, is perfect for the role of the iconic, multi-talented doll. Gosling as Ken, though, is not really a good fit. I believe that more after seeing the latest teaser. He doesn’t have the upfront, overbearing charisma we got used to with his Toy Story counterpart.
It would be an excellent surprise if the Barbie movie turned into a slasher flick during the second half, with Ken being the villain. I’d pay to see that.[Source: Warner Bros. Pictures]
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