I have never received any formal schooling in arts criticism, but here I am.
For about an hour, Barbie is fizzy, pleasantly self-aware, lightly absurd, predictably branded fun—definitely enhanced by the VERY engaged crowd, shout out to the audience AMC River East 7/21 7:45 showing, you’re all my best friends now. The jokes hit, the whimsy tickles, and the actors are having the time of their lives (and it’s infectious!). Gosling, Robbie, Ferrara, Greenblatt, and Liu all give impressively committed performances with, in some cases, seemingly impossible non-characters.
Alas, none of them can salvage the…
That "Killers of the Flower Moon" is the finest achievement of Scorsese's career is obvious; just as importantly, though, it also locates his long-running thematic obsessions in a historical frame of reference that effectively clears the table of American self-mythologizing, making room for an altogether different kind of story. Where we go from here is unclear, given the state of the industry; will an auteur ever command a budget of this size, for a film of this gravity and intensity,…