From Barbie Land to the Atomic Age: Barbie vs. Oppenheimer

Two of the much-anticipated movies, Barbie and Oppenheimer, were released on the 21st of July, 2023. After the release, social media is on fire, and people have been comparing the two movies. Despite both of them being opposite, cinemas are jam-packed. Let’s talk about why these movies are trending and whether you should invest your time and money in these movies or not.

Barbie is directed by Greta Gerwig, who is an actress well. Her directorial is performing well at the box office.  In one of her interviews with The New York Times, Greta wanted to make something wild, funny, and cathartic. As a female director, her movie has outshined many other great movies. Currently, it has collected 100$ million and running successfully all over the world.

For hundreds of years, girls have been playing with Barbies. Barbie is a symbol of elegance, style, and fashion. But what happens when this Barbie steps out of her Barbie land and faces real-world challenges? Will she be able to survive out of her comfort one? Margot Robbie as Barbie is spectacular. She got into the skin of Barbie. People resonated with her character. She went from a happy-go-lucky doll to a girl who had emotions and could cry, which was amazing. People laughed with her, and people cried with her. This movie broke the years-old notion of patriarchy and sexism. It showed that women are capable of everything; they can be doctors, noble prize winners, and engineers.

Greta showed the world that she loves attention to detail. She built a Barbie land so the actors could feel their surroundings and perform well. She included women of all ages, all body types, and all skin colors to show that everyone is beautiful.  It showed that if a woman strives for a thing, she can always get it. She doesn’t need a man beside her to get successful in life. Ryan Gosling as Ken was another treat to watch. His comic timing was great. From a sweet lover to a patriarchal man, he showed a range of emotions. Ken and Barbie, together, created magic on screen.

On the other hand, we have Opennheimer, the polar opposite of Barbie. It is the biopic of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who is known as the father of the atomic bomb. Christopher Nolan directs it, and Cillian Murphy plays the role of Robert Oppenheimer. The film is set in the backdrop of world war 2 and shows all those thoughts Oppenheimer went through when he aimed to build an atomic bomb. It deals with how a war-torn country looks and the hurdles a scientist faces while making the ever-scary bombs. It subtly encapsulated Oppenheimer’s struggles after creating the hydrogen bomb.

It is not your average science fiction movie where you laugh and get fascinated by spaceships or scientists inventing time machines. It deals with the gravity of war and how the brain of a scientist work. Nolan has a great storytelling talent, and the film will keep you hooked if you are into historic and cinematic movies. Everything is on point in this movie, with the visuals, the locations, and the performances.

Lastly, if you are a fun person, you want to see vibrant colors on the screen and don’t wanna indulge in complex philosophies, Barbie should be your first watch. If you are a science lover, the theories of fission and fusion make you happy, and the words like capitalism and communism don’t baffle you; Oppenheimer is for you. 

Barbie is rated PG-13 so that everyone can enjoy it. Whether you are a teenage girl or a fifty-year-old woman, you will always connect with the character of Barbie. However, Oppenheimer is not for everyone, and that’s fine. It is dark, melancholic, and still enjoyable. Now the decision is yours, either you prefer fire and dark hues on a movie night or pretty pink outfits on the screen.

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