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Don’t forget to select your favorite films!
I'd never actually seen this, so after coming across a trailer for the upcoming remake, we decided to watch the original. I knew I knew a little bit about it from years of cultural osmosis, but I hadn't realized just how many quotes and memes came from this. It was fun to watch, definitely funny, and I can definitely see how it has stuck around. But I also noticed a lot of things that, in 2023, didn't play quite so well, and will be interested to see how Tina Fey updates it twenty years later.
On the one hand, it's my least favorite of Baz Lurhmann's projects. On the other hand -- I still liked it; even a "least favorite" Baz Luhrmann is still pretty good.
Pros: As always, the music and the visuals. Within the first five seconds, it's obvious that this is a Baz Lurhmann film, and it doesn't let up. I'll definitely be looking up the soundtrack; as can be expected from one of Baz's films, there are some really neat blends…
If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be excited enough about a Barbie movie to see it on opening day, or that I'd come out of it this impressed, I'd have likely laughed and waited to wake up so I could tell you about the weird dream I'd just had.
However, the marketing has been spot-on, the articles have been intriguing, and the reviews have been excellent (well, most of them — but if every review is positive…