“Since the beginning of time. Since the first little girl existed. There have been… dolls.
It is finally here.
The first trailer for what will undoubtedly be your favorite movie of 2023: Barbie.
Directed by Greta Gerwig (lady bird, Little woman) and starring Margot Robbie as the iconic doll and Ryan Gosling as her beau Ken, the briefest look at what the film will look like promises a lot: an eye-catching and much stranger take on the doll ubiquitous Mattel that anyone might have expected.
They even found a way to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odysseywith children destroying their Barbie dolls after enjoying the glow of a huge Margot Robbie, who replaces the mysterious Kubrickian Monolith. The trailer showcases that iconic bone-spaceship match cut perfectly too…
All narrated by National Treasure Helen Mirren.
Count on us.
And count the Kubrick estate, because they took note of the teaser and noted, “They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!”
Fans also gave their stamp of approval:
“Sneaking into the Avatar movie to watch the Barbie teaser just to get out and go to Bones & All.”
Wise, wise move.
While there’s no way to say exactly what the Barbie movie will be about, we do know that Will Ferrell will be playing the CEO of Mattel, some members of the massive ensemble cast – starring Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Kingsley Ben Adir (One night in Miami), Issa Rae (The hate you give), America Ferrera (Ulgy-Betty) and Emma Mackey (Emily), will play alternate versions of Barbie and Ken, and that the plot could center around Barbie’s life once she escapes Barbieland and heads into the real world.
A go-for-broke, self-aware, colorful comedy with echoes of The Lego Movie and Delighted?
When can we inject this into our eyeballs in a hurry?
Barbie hits theaters on July 21, 2023 – currently the same day as Christopher Nolan’s next film, Oppenheimer.
Biopic about the architect of the atomic bomb or the blonde bombshell? You know which queue to find us in. And whatever else happens in the film, the trailer wonderfully subverted expectations and made Barbie our most anticipated film of the next year.
Launched pink gauntlet.