Barbie's Blockbuster Success: Greta Gerwig's Directorial Triumph
Greta Gerwig's Perspective on 'Barbie's' Success
After her film 'Barbie' stirred up controversy and achieved global box office success, acclaimed director Greta Gerwig shares her thoughts on this artistic triumph in a recent interview, alongside her renewed passion for filmmaking and future projects.
'Barbie' garnered over $1.4 billion in revenue, marking it as the highest-grossing foreign film of 2023, Warner Bros' most successful film to date, and the most profitable film directed by a woman in recent times.
From Acting to Directing
Gerwig's artistic excellence comes after her transition from acting to directing, with significant success in films such as 'Lady Bird' and 'Little Women.' She attributes her directorial success to her dedication and hard work in the industry.
Embracing the Work
Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, Gerwig expresses that the fear of inactivity is more daunting than the fear of creating something bad. She believes the real challenge is the horror of not creating at all, rather than producing subpar work.
Despite her Hollywood success, Gerwig admits to avoiding reviews of 'Barbie' for now, due to self-doubt and concern about handling the legacy of the 64-year-old iconic doll. She hints at the possibility of engaging with the critiques at a later time but not presently.
Facing Fears in Filmmaking
Gerwig explains the initial fear that came with tackling such a controversial subject. She suggests that instead of cautiously navigating around the topic, delving deeper into it could be the solution.
Filmmaking as Parenthood
She likens filmmaking to raising children; by the end of the movie, you learn how to make that film. You learn by doing, but then time runs out, and the moment has passed. Like children, films are unique experiences, each with unforeseen challenges and lessons.
The Barbie Movie Experience
'Barbie' invites viewers on an exciting journey into the famous world of Barbie, where the protagonist faces a crisis that forces her to question her world and existence.
Barbie's Existential Crisis
The film flips Barbie's life upside down when a mysterious crisis shakes her glossy pink world. Doubts creep into her mind: Is she just a Barbie doll in a fantasy world designed for amusement, or does she have an authentic identity and existence beyond this idealistic pink universe?
'Barbie's' cinematic voyage under Greta Gerwig's direction transcends its toy-based origins, posing profound questions about identity and existence, all while achieving remarkable commercial success and solidifying Gerwig's status as a leading figure in contemporary filmmaking.