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Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling
Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros/Barbie Movie

There's no doubt about it. Ryan Gosling's Kenergy stole the show in the much watched Barbie Movie. Which is ironic really, considering the movie promotes female empowerment.

Writing for The Guardian website, renowned film writer Stuart Heritage says the Oscar-nominated actor delivers a knockout comic performance in Greta Gerwig’s Mattel movie, playing on male insecurities and toxic masculinity.

"Now that the whole world has apparently gone to see Barbie, it seems like the secret is finally out.," he writes.

"Margot Robbie is not the star of Barbie. Yes, she plays the lead. Yes, she produced it. Yes, she gets to spend a lot of time running around in nice dresses. But the star? Heavens, no. If you’ve seen Barbie, then you’ll be fully aware that the star of the film is actually Ryan Gosling."

Warner Bros. Pictures’ announced “Barbie” has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark at the global box office, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $528.6 million, with $237.2 million coming in from domestic theatres and $291.4 million internationally, and still climbing.

Heritage, in The Guardian, says: "Gosling plays Ken, Barbie’s superfluous paramour. But while Barbie has been the central force of the film’s heavy-handed marketing campaign, it turns out that the film is secretly a Ken vehicle.

"Ken gets the juiciest character arc. He gets all the good jokes. He gets a musical number. He gets more than one musical number. He’s self-aware, self-referential and complicated. It might just qualify as the greatest role of Ryan Gosling’s life."

See Stuart Heritage's full story in the The Guardian's here.



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