John Carpenter disappointedly criticized the most popular film of the year

He spoke for Los Angeles Times in an interview

by Sededin Dedovic
John Carpenter disappointedly criticized the most popular film of the year
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The cinematic world was set abuzz as the movie "Barbie" achieved global dominance, raking in a staggering $1.4 billion in box office revenues. This financial triumph was achieved despite the movie's frequently criticized lower quality, a testament to the enduring popularity of the iconic Barbie franchise.

"Barbie" managed to outshine another highly anticipated film, "Oppenheimer," at the box office, proving that sometimes, nostalgia and beloved characters can transcend cinematic shortcomings. Audiences of all ages flocked to theaters to experience this celluloid adaptation, and the film garnered praise from a diverse demographic.

One of the standout performances in "Barbie" was none other than Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Ken, earning accolades from both film critics and moviegoers alike. His charismatic portrayal breathed life into the character and added depth to the film's narrative.

John Carpenter did acknowledge the brilliance of Margot Robbie's performance

Surprisingly, not everyone grasped the essence of "Barbie," and one such individual was the legendary horror director, John Carpenter. Known for his mastery of the horror genre with classics like "Halloween," "The Thing," and "The Mist," Carpenter confessed his lack of understanding when it came to "Barbie." In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Carpenter admitted that he rarely frequents movie theaters, preferring the comfort of his own home for film viewing.

When asked about "Barbie," he confessed, "I looked at Barbie. It's not my generation. I had nothing to do with Barbie dolls. I didn't even know who Alan was." Carpenter's remark shed light on the generational and cultural divide that sometimes accompanies films inspired by beloved, nostalgia-laden franchises.

He missed the subtle commentary on patriarchy woven into the movie, but he did acknowledge the brilliance of Margot Robbie's performance, highlighting her incredible acting prowess as one of the film's saving graces. "Barbie" may have divided the critics, but it undeniably charmed audiences worldwide, proving that sometimes, the allure of familiar characters and a touch of nostalgia can overshadow even the harshest of critiques.

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