Thursday, December 28, 2023

Movie of the Year: "Barbie,"--2023 in Review

If you had told me in some years ago that come 2023 a movie based on the toy Barbie would be my favorite flick of the year I probably wouldn't have believed you. Yet, here we are and, "Barbie," is my best movie of 2023. Directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring stellar performances by a metric ton of people (Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Simu Liu, Will Ferrel, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, and the list goes on) I have to say this was an astounding production. In my review, I gave it 5 stars and it's easy to see why. From clever jokes about commercialism to a surprisingly deep commentary on patriarchy, and hilarious deep-cut references to various dolls, "Barbie," was just a treat of a movie. I only hope that film companies don't take the wrong message from its box office success and make a bunch of mediocre movies that involve toy licenses without actually putting the effort into making a great film. They're going to do that though, aren't they?

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