To mark the occasion of Barbie director Greta Gerwig’s birthday, Ryan Gosling organized a surprise flash mob. Gosling plays a male doll called Ken in the Barbie movie.
Barbie is a film adaptation of the popular doll franchise, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Gosling as Ken. The plot revolves around their journey of self-discovery as they leave Barbieland and explore the real world.
The film has been a huge success, grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide and receiving critical acclaim for its nuanced portrayal of feminism, societal beauty standards, a political utopia and its critique of patriarchy.
In Barbie, Ken struggles to fit in a world dominated by Barbies, particularly because he is a man in a female-dominated world. Barbieland represents a political utopia in the film, where women enjoy privilege in every aspect, while the Kens represent how women struggle for basic rights in the human world.
Gosling, who plays Ken, has turned his character’s song into a token of appreciation for the film’s director on the occasion of her birthday.” The official Instagram account of the Barbie movie shared a video of Gosling surprising Gerwig with a flash mob performing “I’m Just Ken on her birthday.
The flash mob began with one Ken singing his song to Gerwig, who seemed amused by the performance. Soon, more Kens joined in the choreography, followed by a group of Barbies who arrived when the song switched to Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night”. Gerwig was visibly moved by the spectacle and wiped tears from her eyes.
Gerwig is not just celebrating her birthday, but also the stupendous success of Barbie. The female-centric film has emerged as a blockbuster hit. The film, co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, has broken several records by topping the July 2023 box office and earning $356 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
The film has achieved the highest opening weekend of the year, as well as the highest ever for a female-directed film. Gosling, who co-stars with Robbie in the film, has shown his gratitude for Gerwig’s vision and direction by arranging a flash mob for her birthday.
Barbie has been a phenomenal success, and so has its co-lead character, Ken. Gosling delivers a captivating performance as Ken, who questions his existence and role as a male doll in a female-centric world.
His poignant song “I’m Just Ken” has become a fan favorite from the Barbie soundtrack, as it blends humor and emotion in a catchy tune. The song was first released as part of a Barbie trailer and has recently entered the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Gosling’s choice of “I’m Just Ken” as a birthday surprise for Gerwig is fitting, considering the popularity and impact of the song. He also included some of the other songs from the Barbie soundtrack, which features a diverse range of genres and artists.
The flash mob was a wonderful way to celebrate Gerwig’s birthday, as well as to acknowledge the remarkable achievement of her latest film. Barbie has given Gosling and Gerwig a reason to rejoice and dance, as they have created a cinematic masterpiece.
About Barbie (2023)
Barbie is a 2023 film directed by Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach. It is based on the eponymous fashion doll line by Mattel, and serves as the franchise’s first live-action film adaptation after several computer-animated direct-to-video and streaming television films.
The film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken respectively. Barbie released in the United States and United Kingdom on July 21, 2023, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.