Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie'|A Thought-Provoking Summer Sensation
Greta Gerwig, the accomplished director, writer, and actor, has taken on the ambitious task of creating a movie centered around the iconic Barbie doll, which is expected to become a cinematic sensation this summer.
The process of making "Barbie" was no walk in the park. Collaborating with her partner, Noah Baumbach, Gerwig crafted the script without initially planning to direct the film, which boasts an impressive cast featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Known for her remarkable work on the coming-of-age comedy-drama "Lady Bird" in 2017, Gerwig recently discussed her creative choices for "Barbie" in an interview with Reuters, from which we have shared some edited excerpts below for brevity and clarity.
Q: The film delves into various themes, including gender politics and the history of Barbie. It appears to be quite thought-provoking.
Gerwig: "Indeed, it's like sipping a spicy margarita—packed with layers of meaning. I'm thrilled that it awakens unexpected thoughts in people. My intention was to surprise, amuse, and evoke both contemplation and emotion."
Q: Although set in Barbie's fantastical world, how much does it prompt audiences to reflect on reality?
Gerwig: "Barbie, as a cultural icon and symbol, fascinated me on several levels. Invented in 1959, the doll has evolved and endured, becoming almost human-like in our treatment of it. We create, resent, and transform this inanimate object, and it raises intriguing questions about our own nature and interactions with the world."
Q: Watching the film feels like gaining insight into Barbie's history, the successes, and the missteps. How challenging was it to tackle these sensitive topics?
Gerwig: "There were moments when doubts arose about addressing certain aspects."
"It was only when we had the final script, and I fell in love with it, that I knew I couldn't entrust it to anyone else but myself as the director, although I didn't initially plan on taking that role."
"It's truly remarkable that they granted us the freedom to pursue this path. When discussing the film, I insisted on confronting every facet of Barbie's legacy head-on. There was no point in making a mere commercial. The company sells an abundance of dolls without such an approach. It had to be authentic; otherwise, there was no purpose."