this is kind of like if the room was an action movie
this isn’t just a film set in the 70s - it feels like it’s been plucked from that time period, fully authentic the whole way through both stylistically and emotionally, with no artificiality to be found.
in anyone else’s hands, it’s easy to see this devolving into saccharine schmaltz; but here, because every emotional beat is arrived at organically, each is so enormously earned - and all the more moving.
paul giamatti is perfect. dominic sessa, a revelation. and da’vine joy randolph? the heart of it all.
alexander payne’s best since sideways. and at points, i thought it might just be his best period.
we all knew barbie was going to be funny. we all knew it’d have something to say about the “female coming-of-age,” as all of greta gerwig’s movies have thus far. and we all knew margot robbie and ryan gosling would turn in note-perfect performances as barbie and ken. and they did.
what i didn’t know was how much barbie would mean - not truly, not fully. how much it would mean to me, to the women sitting to my left…