For staff at cinemas around the globe, this past weekend was set to be a tough one, and a busy one, with the premieres of both Barbie and Oppenheimer set to grace the pictures. EALING.NEWS went down to the ActOne Cinema in Acton to watch Barbie and finally see the beloved toy come to life on the big screen.
For many children, Barbie has been a long-standing favourite toy since the 1960s. With countless variations of dolls, Barbie is no longer limited to the blonde hair and black and white swimsuit anymore. Even celebrities have had their very own versions of Barbies made to look like them.
It’s safe to say that Barbie has become a household name and therefore this film was met with high expectations from audiences.
The staff at ActOne were dressed for the occasion, with some donning Barbie dolls on their shoulders, whilst one Barbie was sat at the front of the box office, ready to greet everyone at the cinema.
The movie is mainly set in Barbieland, where all Barbies, Kens and their friends live harmoniously, in which they spend their days enjoying each other’s company and their nights having parties and sleepovers.
Their lives are effectively perfect, until Margot Robbie’s Barbie, “Stereotypical Barbie” begins experiencing strange feelings within herself, which leads her to go to the real world to figure out what is going on, bringing Ken with her. This in turn sparks off a chain of events that threatens the future of Barbieland as its inhabitants know it.
The film is visually beautiful, due to its bright colour pallet. The overwhelming presence of pink in Barbieland is everything one would imagine it to be and the setting would feel dull without it, due to the colour being such a large part of the Barbie brand.
However, a great film is also made by the cinema it is shown in. ActOne is a wonderful cinema to see films in because of its community feel, it is a cinema created by local people, for local people.
View the trailer below: