Stanley Kubrick’s Estate Approves ‘Barbie’ Teaser

“Even Barbie is a Kubrick fan…” wrote Kubrick’s official Twitter page.

Stanley Kubrick’s estate is keeping an eye out for the ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ tribute in the viral ‘Barbie’ teaser.

The highly-anticipated Barbie movie, co-written by director Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, introduced the beloved Mattel doll thanks to a voiceover by Helen Mirren and traded the Space Odyssey caveman’s bone for a battered baby doll .

“They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!” posted Kubrick’s official Twitter page. “Even Barbie is a Kubrick fan…”

The teaser begins with Mirren telling the origin story of Barbies.

“We’ve had dolls since the beginning of time, ever since there was the first little girl,” says Mirren in the teaser as the score of 2001: A Space Odyssey plays. “But the dolls were always and forever baby dolls…until…”

Enter Margot Robbie as a giant Woman doll and caused one of the bespectacled little girls to bang her baby doll against a rock. A montage features Ryan Gosling in a “Cobra Kai”-esque Ken outfit getting ready for a fight, Simu Liu getting ready to dance, and Issa Rae leading a group of women in pink jumpsuits.

Co-star Will Ferrell, who is rumored to play a Mattel executive in the film, revealed that “Barbie” is a deft mix of high and low art wrapped in a tongue-in-cheek, high-concept homage to consumerism and offering at the same time a meta-recording of brand feminism.

“In my humble opinion, it’s the ultimate example of high art and low art,” Ferrell told WSJ Magazine. “It’s a loving tribute to the brand while at the same time couldn’t be more satirical – just a great commentary on male patriarchy and women in society and why Barbie is criticized yet every little girl still wants to play with Barbie.” Boy, when I read it, I thought, ‘This is awesome.'”

Of course, with the seal of approval from the Kubrick estate, “Barbie” is definitely high art.

And Kubrick isn’t the only late cinema icon whose estate is influencing new films: Marilyn Monroe’s estate, overseen by Authentic Brands Group (ABG), also applauded Andrew Dominik’s reimagining of the Some Like It Hot star’s life and legacy ” Blonde.”

“Marilyn Monroe is a unique Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, said earlier this year of Ana de Arma’s casting . “Any actor who takes on this role knows they have big shoes to fill. From the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!”

You can find all the details about “Barbie” here.

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Lindsay Lowe

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