The Barbie Block party outside the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab in July will be one for the memory books – with residents and visitors of all ages decked out in their best Barbie (and Ken!) pink and other eye-popping attire – enjoying a photo with the event’s very own Barbie or imbibing on ‘Barbie Beer’ offered by Soul Food.
Any ‘eye rolling’ over a movie about Barbie came to a quick halt as the word hit the streets in Pleasantville and beyond that “THIS” Barbie was no superficial plastic experience, but a living testament to how a doll and society can evolve. The #Barbie movie succeeded at being both a fabulous feast for the eyes and a deep dive into the soul.
Yes, gorgeous Margot Robbie plays a Sensitive, Soulful Barbie! I also didn’t expect to see a movie that offers our best answer to the patriarchy to date – helping men get in touch with their emotions. It’s actually very empathetic to men in case anyone is hearing the opposite. In a sidebar, Barbie’s travails also softened a tense mother/daughter relationship that would strike a chord for anyone in that boat. I laughed a lot but also cried a couple times during this delightful, smart movie. Whether you agree or not, I know so many who feel grateful to the Burns for also always making movie night feel special!