I am in awe of other artist’s creativity. I am utterly incapable of watching/reading/listening to work that moves me without marveling at how someone’s miraculous brain dreamed it all up. So naturally, I’ve been down the Barbie rabbit-hole this week. Greta Gerwig had me at LadyBird. (Btw, if you don’t see how Sarah is Saoirse Ronan’s twin, I cannot help you.) Greta left me absolutely speechless after Little Women. Between Jo March disappearing into her writing, spreading all her pages out on the floor and not even stopping to eat, deciding to own her own work, Jo’s “sick of it” monologue, the way Greta directed scenes of overlapping dialogue like music, and then that added scene of Amy’s declaration about marriage being an economic institution, it is just as inspirational to me as a writer as it is to my aspiring-director daughter Carsyn. We watch that film on a regular basis.
I can’t wait to watch Barbie and have so many others I need to watch that you’ve noted here!!!
I’ve done a deep dive this week too. I loved it so much. I don’t think there’s a movie I’ve loved more than little women in the last several years, but now this one is a close second. I love the way you sum it all up here too - the doll-like movements, weird Barbie, Allan!, the mother/daughter story line, the ken musical montage, the last line!!
Cannot wait to hear your thoughts!