Warner Bros. Pictures just dropped what may be considered the most colorful movie trailer of all time. The second teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird), is set to premiere on July 21, 2023.
The video is captioned, “WELCOME TO BARBIE LAND,” and the trailer opens on just that. The tone is immediately clear as the camera follows a pair of fuzzy hot pink heels whose feet step out and remain in a doll-like tippy-toe position. Just like the Mattel toy! This movie is going to have some satisfying attention to detail.
Ryan Gosling’s abs steal the show for only a second until the perfectly cast Margot Robbie appears, and all the different Barbie/Ken varieties greet each other. Does Simu Liu‘s Ken have beef with Gosling’s? Because there was definitely some side eye with that tone.
The trailer proves this flick will not just be for kids. There is a subtextual, intimate, and empty-eyed exchange between Margot’s Barbie and Gosling’s Ken. The earnest discussion is as follows:
Ken: I thought I might stay over tonight.
Ken: ‘Cause we’re girlfriend and boyfriend.
Barbie: To do what?
[crickets audibly chirp]
Ken: I’m actually not sure.
I’m not even going to touch the “beach him off” joke at the end. You can interpret that as you see fit.
The set looks like candy as Barbie cruises by in the pink Corvette of childhood dreams, and a similarly pink commercial airline soars overhead. The trailer also seems to promise at least one glamorous dance number, some packed candy-sanded beach scenes, a ‘Greased-Lighting’ style fight scene between Liu and Gosling, and a star-studded cast to round out the Barbie world!
In addition to Robbie, Gosling, and Liu, the actors include America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Dua Lipa, and Will Ferrell (plus even more!).
While the plot isn’t abundantly clear, Barbie drives past a bubblegum pink roadside billboard that reads “Real World This Way” with the Barbieland rainbow in her rearview.
Will real-world people be playing with the Barbie dolls, creating an imaginary world like in The Lego Movie (2014)? Or is Barbieland a real place the audience will dream about for the rest of their lives? Either way, the trailer suggests the movie is going in a fun direction and not taking itself too seriously.
Are you skating to the theaters this July to be the first to experience Barbie? Bring your rollerblades! Ken “literally goes nowhere without them.” See the trailer below!