Barbie: Will It Live Up to the Hype?


This upcoming Barbie Movie will be the first time the titular Barbie and her boyfriend Ken are portrayed in live action.

Mackenzie Chin Sang, Staff

No matter what year you were born in, Barbie has always been an insanely present franchise. From the moment the first Barbie doll came out in 1959 to the first ever movie, Barbie in the Nutcracker, that came out in 2001, the franchise has been a staple in our society. Now, over 20 years later, the deed has been done, and as with all originally animated shows recently, a live action has been made. 


Greta Gerwig, the director of the most recent rendition of Little Women (2017), has now come back with another reinstatement as she took on the challenge of perfecting the Barbie movie. However, after all the recent live action remakes couldn’t live up to their originally perfected versions, people are very right in their skepticality of it. Just because the director was capable of making a well-liked remake of a classic and beloved book doesn’t mean she can do the same with a franchise that has been a staple of so many young children’s lives. 


Nevertheless, despite what was thought to have been the starting of an outbreak of rage, people have taken quite a liking to everything that they’ve seen so far. Even when the movie was only filming, and all that could be seen were videos from far-off distances showing the process, people had loved Gerwig from the get-go. From the initial cast-list, which everyone loved, to how she would wear pink even while just directing behind the camera, to hearing what she had to say about embodying the roles she was directing, the audience had truly fallen for her, and her commitment to making the movie as amazing as she could.


Following the trailer, however, the love had been officially solidified. Many people on all different social medias expressed their love for what they had seen from the film immediately. Many were seen complimenting Gerwig’s perfect execution of a young girl’s dialogue when playing with dolls, and the wacky scenarios in which children perform their toys to act in. People were very grateful to see she hadn’t completely removed Barbie’s influence, either. “I’m so excited. As somebody who watched every single Barbie movie growing up, I am very intrigued as to how it will relate into this movie that seems almost dystopian like; and, also to see them not only in 3D but in real life.” said Samantha McGill, 10th grade. 


Overall, the amount of negative attention versus the positive, Barbie has received an overwhelming preference on the latter. Come July 21st, the theaters will be packed with people full of excitement, nervous energy and high hopes for what they are to see. So, just as Barbie would suggest, ‘make your dreams come true’ and join us in the adventure of the plastic girl world!