Margot Robbie, the Australian actress, shares her excitement about the highly anticipated Barbie movie, describing it as a celebration of “the real-life Barbie” brought to life by director Greta Gerwig. Robbie, who stars alongside Ryan Gosling in the film, expresses admiration for Gerwig, referring to her as “everything” and someone who can accomplish anything.
The upcoming movie, based on the iconic Mattel doll, follows the journey of Barbie and Ken (played by Robbie and Gosling) as they leave the fictional Barbie Land and venture into the real world. Gerwig, known for her work on films such as “Ladybird” and “Little Women,” co-wrote the screenplay with her long-term partner Noah Baumbach, the director behind notable films like “Marriage Story” and “Frances Ha.”
In addition to Robbie and Gosling, the movie features a talented ensemble cast, including Emma Mackey from “Sex Education” and Simu Liu, who will portray different versions of Barbie and Ken, adding variety and depth to the characters.
When asked about the impact the movie will have on the perception of Barbie, Robbie acknowledges that Barbie’s image has undergone multiple transformations over the years, sometimes being ahead of its time and at other times lagging behind societal changes. However, she emphasizes that the current movie is a unique entity, designed to celebrate the real-life embodiment of Barbie, which is manifested through Gerwig’s creative vision.
Robbie’s commitment to the character extends beyond her words. At the London premiere, she paid tribute to the Enchanted Evening Barbie from 1960 by donning a pale pink gown reminiscent of the iconic doll. Alongside Gosling and Gerwig, Robbie captivated the audience with her glamorous ensemble.
Robbie also shares her passion for portraying strong female characters and exploring women’s lives. She expresses a genuine interest in examining how women construct their lives across generations and what they consider to be important. Robbie believes that as a filmmaker, she naturally gravitates towards stories that align with her personal interests, particularly those that highlight the strength and complexity of women.
Gerwig reinforces Robbie’s statements, assuring skeptics that the Barbie movie offers more than a “girlie” experience and will provide something enjoyable for all audiences, including men. She believes that people who approach the film with preconceived notions will be pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity it offers. The movie, according to Gerwig, presents an opportunity for viewers to engage in a multi-layered and thought-provoking experience, filled with unexpected elements and captivating conversations.
With an impressive soundtrack that includes renowned artists such as Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, and Haim, the Barbie movie aims to create a vibrant and immersive cinematic experience for audiences of all ages. The inclusion of these talented musicians underscores the film’s commitment to creating a dynamic and diverse atmosphere.
Fans can look forward to the release of the Barbie movie in UK cinemas on July 21. As the anticipation builds, Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie, under the direction of Greta Gerwig, promises to be a refreshing and empowering cinematic journey, challenging preconceived notions and celebrating the timeless icon.