Despite Its Astonishing Success, Barbie Fans Don't Want a Sequel

Despite Its Astonishing Success, Barbie Fans Don't Want a Sequel
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The fandom is unusually unanimous.

After the Covid-19 standstill, this year has seen a plethora of outstanding premieres, with many more, including Killers of the Flower Moon and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, yet to be released. Arguably, Greta Gerwig's Barbie has made the biggest splash of all the titles that came out in 2023, grossing an astonishing $1.42 billion at the box office.

Starring Margot Robbie, America Ferrera, Ryan Gosling, and Will Ferrell, among other big names, Barbie turned out to be surprisingly successful. This pink-tinted comedy offered relevant social commentary on several issues, such as patriarchy, modern feminism, and toxic corporate culture, in a light and entertaining manner that resonated with audiences worldwide. However, as much as viewers enjoyed Greta Gerwig's philosophical yet hilarious film, they don't seem to want a sequel.

It's Best to Finish on a High Note

It's common knowledge that Hollywood sometimes doesn't know when to stop, turning beloved and masterful films into franchises that it then keeps milking until people lose all interest. For instance, consider the recent flop in the Indiana Jones film series! Consequently, many Barbie fans believe it's best to leave Greta Gerwig's masterpiece alone, lest something similar happen to Warner Bros's new highest-grossing film.

'I think it's best to leave it well enough alone. The Barbie film was lightning in a bottle, and it's rare to recapture that spark the second time,' a YouTube user commented.

Despite the Open Ending, Barbie's Story Is Complete

Indeed, it would seem that there's no more story left to tell about Margot Robbie's Barbie. You might wonder how this could be, given that Gerwig's film has an open ending, but it actually makes perfect sense.

Since the character transforms from a doll into a real person named Barbara at the end of the film, Barbie's story is over and done with: now it's Barbara's story, which would require a completely different kind of film. And fans tend to agree.

'It doesn't need a sequel, it's one of those movies where it was meant to be a standalone. The story is complete and Barbara found peace within herself,' another YouTuber chimed in.

Source: YouTube.

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