The official (full-length) Barbie movie trailer is here!
Arguably the most highly-anticipated film drop of the year, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, features Margot Robbie playing our lead Barbie, living it up in Barbieland with her family of successful Barbies and, naturally, Ken — played by Ryan Gosling.
Though the teaser released last month already promised a world of excitement with high-octane aesthetics, a star-studded cast and even some original music, the new clip, published to the film’s official Instagram page, reveals what we can expect as far as a plot goes.
“Does anyone ever think about dying?” Barbie blurts out in the middle of a dance number, causing everyone to halt. We then see Barbie’s rosy world turn upside down when her “features'”begin to malfunction — she no longer glides from the second story of her dreamhouse to the ground, she feels the cold of the shower, and her stiletto-shaped feet even tragically begin to flatten. One rogue Barbie, played by Kate McKinnon, even offers Robbie’s character a pair of Birkenstock “Arizona” mules to wear — the audacity!
The existential crisis sets her off on a journey — Ken, in tow — to the Real World, where she’s confronted by gritty reality and her Mattel makers. From there, the duo run into a world of antics, including getting arrested and befriending humans. One closing scene even shows the actress leaking a single tear.
Robbie is actually one of many variations of the iconic doll. Some others include Issa Rae as President Barbie, Emma Mackey as a Nobel Prize-winning Barbie, Dua Lipa as Mermaid Barbie, Sharon Rooney as Lawyer Barbie, Nicola Coughlan as Diplomat Barbie, and Hari Nef as Doctor Barbie. Ken is played by Ryan Gosling, as well as Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, and Kinglsey Ben-Adir as other “just” Kens.
As part of a cover story with British Vogue, Robbie acknowledged that the role came with warranted criticism of the doll’s proliferation of antiquated beauty standards, but shared her excitement over Gerwig’s modern feminist retelling. “It comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections,” she said. “But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it.”
The film his theaters on July 21.