I can’t lie, I think the short story was better. The film adaptation added a more international element to it, which was cool, but the short story was more impactful. Both versions had sudden and dense final acts. But the short story, with its narration, was able to offer more explanation of the technical stuff. The international element in the film was nice given the cliché of sci-fi events only ever taking place in the US. But very quickly it…
I’m starting to think Barbie was grossly overhyped, unfocused on its target audience, and only concerned with dishing out oversaturated girl-power platitudes.
That being said though, Ken’s parts still held up upon the third watch. Also still found myself almost nearly the verge of holding back tears when Barbie interacted with the old ladies on both occasions. There were no lies in Barbie; it was very vocal about issues under the patriarchy, but I just wish it had been a more graceful spokesperson.
First half: wow the mum is really chill!! They’re just going to the mall together and all that
Second half: . . . Shit
⚠️tw: mention of sensitive topics + spoiler⚠️
I thought the story would consist of petty, superficial teenage angst and rebellious acts etc, but halfway through I realised it was much more than that. There were some moments where I just couldn’t bear watching anymore, for example the scenes with Luke and the s*lf h*rm scenes. So…