This feels like a secret society and I love it
FINALLY, a narrative on a sector of the internet that is rarely, if ever, addressed in film. I suspect it’s because writers/directors of a younger voice raised in times of readily available technology have yet to be seen or heard in an industry still dominated by that older generation of writers/directors who refuse to embrace how casually technology is used by all of us today. Some defend it using the old “film is escapism” ploy, others recognize it’s because of…
Aside from how perfectly freaking realized Greta Gerwig’s vision is, it’s actually just incredible to see a movie with this much popularity stand for something more than distraction or be something more than a cash grab guised as a remake or fan flick.
Because 💖 Greta Gerwig 💖 we get so much more than immersive set design (amazing) and laughs (writing? cast? comedic timing? amazing), we get an entire observation of our world. And doing so through the interpretations of Barbie and Ken?! Loaded with significance and brilliance.
Watching it is VERY fun and VERY freeing.
Following an alluring and methodical opening credits, we step into an impassioned- yet indecipherable- discussion to establish Lydia Tár’s genius. Genius noted. The tone is high-brow and I’m hopeful. Only by the second or third scene, we are confined by a language and conveyance so cramped, so unintelligible the film quickly lifts its vail; insipid.
Belittling and alienating his audience is a choice Todd Field had to have made early in the writing process. Lydia Tár is much less a…