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Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Old 08-01-23, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
The way Anna Greenblatt's character (and her school friends) go after Barbie's impact on females in society is SOOO much more effective because it feels real and natural. America's speech feels scripted. It has nothing to do with content, it has to do with how it's presented in the plot.
Completely disagree. That speech at lunch felt like a bulleted list of IG/TikTok talking points for clout, compared to Ferrera's genuine exasperation. Greenblatt's monologue only works as a strawman to later be deconstructed with more nuance.
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Old 08-03-23, 09:23 PM
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We caught this earlier in the week and it was hilarious. I eagerly await Ken: The Musical (w/ special guest Allen). Really well done and I like how they integrated the real world into this (with the Mattel execs being fully aware that Barbieland is real).
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Absolutely brilliant. A phenomenal blend of satire and heartfelt drama. It exceeded my already high expectations. I'm happy to see a movie with a through line of social subtext be a box office hit; the source material is the perfect focal point to be heavy handed but also allows from some really sly wit at the same time. My favorite film of the year.
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Want to see it but I wait til it come to MAX in the fall.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Barbie has made $1b at the global box office. Experts are crediting its 'masterclass' marketing campaign



Barbie has surpassed $1 billion at the global box office just three weeks after its release – and it's on track to become the biggest movie of the year.

The film, starring Australia's Margot Robbie as the iconic doll having an existential crisis, hit what the internet has dubbed the "Barbillion" milestone this weekend.

Upon its release, the film earned director Greta Gerwig the record for the most successful box office weekend for a female director.

Now, Gerwig has become the first female filmmaker to surpass the billion-dollar benchmark as a solo director.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Troy smash. I hate reading that.

It is at $1B because it is a well crafted film that brings together people enjoying its visceral entertainment value, while also attracting those looking for something intellectually stimulating.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

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Troy smash. I hate reading that.

It is at $1B because it is a well crafted film that brings together people enjoying its visceral entertainment value, while also attracting those looking for something intellectually stimulating.
The marketing for this movie was something we've never really seen before. It was massive and incredibly creative. It also reached demographics that are not typically served by big summer blockbusters. None of it works if the movie isn't good and people don't like it (something the article linked above makes clear), but both things can be true. It's not a binary.
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Yep - Barbie is the best movie Iíve seen this year and deserves the box office but the marketing was a huge part of that. My FB page was covered with pics of my friends in the Barbie boxes or all in pink to go to the movie. Iíve never seen ANYTHING like that before.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

I would not have gone to see Barbie were it not for the marketing that suggested it would be "visceral entertainment value, while also attracting those looking for something intellectually stimulating". I don't think it diminishes the creative and cultural achievements of the movie to point out it was marketed in a way few good films will ever get.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

I went with my daughter yesterday (it was her second time) and I quite enjoyed it. A very clever fantasy with imagination and humor infused with just the right amount of social commentary. The "real world" mother-daughter duo played by America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt provide a solid emotional core. The linchpin to making the whole thing work, though, was Robbie's performance. She had to make us believe in these alternate universes (and the "real world" here is only slightly less fantastic than Barbieland) and she did, despite some dizzying twists and turns for her character. (Best not to ask too many questions.) Clearly Gerwig made a film that satisfied her own artistic intentions but also turned out to be a real crowd-pleaser. The suits may have been apprehensive about it, but ultimately they didn't stand in her way and whatever doubts they may have had were washed away by the continuing ticket sales. Quite a balancing act and one not likely to be repeated any time soon.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
The marketing for this movie was something we've never really seen before. It was massive and incredibly creative. It also reached demographics that are not typically served by big summer blockbusters. None of it works if the movie isn't good and people don't like it (something the article linked above makes clear), but both things can be true. It's not a binary.
Funny, it reminded me a ton of The Flinstones marketing from 1994, just a little updated/post-modern.

Agree with the rest of your post though.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

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Funny, it reminded me a ton of The Flinstones marketing from 1994, just a little updated/post-modern.

Agree with the rest of your post though.
I'm not going to pretend that I specifically recall a lot of the marketing behind The Flintstones (weren't you like 5 in 1994?), but I was mostly referring to the use of social media and online influencers.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Finally saw this last night. Wow - this movie was so uneven. Some scenes were really entertaining; others fell completely flat. Things also got really annoying toward the end when America Ferrera's character was given this long, preachy speech about what all the Barbies were fighting for that really sunk my opinion of the film (hey, we GET IT...you don't need to spell it out, underline it, and add an exclamation point).

Still, the set design was fantastic, Robbie was really good, and Gosling was simply great (his musical numbers made me wish they had just made this whole thing a musical). They really misfired with Will Ferrell - none of his scenes are funny, nor is his character all that important. I guess maybe they felt they needed one more "name" in the cast?

So a mixed reaction from me and a rather "meh" feeling about the movie. I did enjoy parts of it, but I'm unlikely to sit through it again.
Felt the exact same way. loved the performances, but the movie overall was just ok.
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I'm not going to pretend that I specifically recall a lot of the marketing behind The Flintstones (weren't you like 5 in 1994?), but I was mostly referring to the use of social media and online influencers.
I was! It had a big impact on me since it seemed like everything was Flintstones-themed. They had a huge promotion with McDonald's for sure, bringing back the McRib, having those special glass mugs, et cetera.
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That was me with Burton's Batman. That thing was advertised to no end and seemingly tied in to everything. That and then it was right into Dick Tracy everything.
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That was me with Burton's Batman. That thing was advertised to no end and seemingly tied in to everything. That and then it was right into Dick Tracy everything.
Batman will always be the touchstone for me in terms of global marketing. Batman was EVERYWHERE. And not just Burton's Batman. The amount of licensed Batman merchandise was unlike anything I had seen up to that point. I was just a kid and didn't even realize until I started seeing ads on tv that summer that a Batman movie was coming. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why Batman was so popular all of a sudden.
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Batman will always be the touchstone for me in terms of global marketing. Batman was EVERYWHERE. And not just Burton's Batman. The amount of licensed Batman merchandise was unlike anything I had seen up to that point. I was just a kid and didn't even realize until I started seeing ads on tv that summer that a Batman movie was coming. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why Batman was so popular all of a sudden.
I remember even before the movie came out people were shaving the Batman logo into their heads.
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

We saw this as a family and loved it. Everything was spot on and I think there's something here for boys, girls, men, women, everyone to take in about society.

The "Yeah, but..." critiques against Mattel just don't hold water with me. I think they showed a lot of humility letting this movie do what it does. And same for Matchbox Twenty!

I would watch a dozen more of these and never get bored. I am a huge Baumbach and Gerwig fan, so bring it on!
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Old 09-04-23, 02:05 PM
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Digital and Max release postponed indefinitely. It’s still making money in the theater and there is an upcoming IMAX re-release with new footage. So it’s not surprising they realized they should postpone it.

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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

Coming next week. $30 to own and $25 to rent

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Yikes at that rental fee
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Re: Barbie (2023, D: Gerwig) -- The Reviews Thread

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Yikes at that rental fee
Eh, comparable to two tickets to see it in the theater. Though that's why I always just buy digital releases. Almost always cheaper than a movie ticket.
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It's an extra $5. Normal high profile rentals start at $20 and then come down to $6 or $7 after a month or two.
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It's an extra $5. Normal high profile rentals start at $20 and then come down to $6 or $7 after a month or two.
Eh, okay. It's still comparable to seeing in a theater which is basically a rental too.

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