Karma Masselli awakened Thursday morning understanding it was a special occasion. The “Barbie” film was lastly right here.
Masselli, 26, and her group of about 25 mates started the festivities by rummaging by way of their closets for sheer pants and polyester shirts and pink Crocs to assemble their outfits, every representing a special doll: Cowgirl Barbie, Sporty Barbie, Classic Barbie, Malibu Barbie, Mermaid Barbie and extra.
Subsequent was “Barbie brunch” at a pal’s residence in Brooklyn, that includes an array of pink meals, together with pink deviled eggs, pop tarts, pasta salad with beets and pink salsa.
“It felt prefer it was the Tremendous Bowl at our ‘Barbie brunch,’” Masselli stated. “It felt like we have been getting collectively and having a vacation about girliness.”
By afternoon, the group arrived in Manhattan, on the AMC in Kips Bay, to look at the long-awaited movie. The screening was delayed for 25 minutes, however as soon as the movie began the packed theater erupted in applause. Folks clapped and cheered and guffawed because the Warner Bros. brand — in pink — appeared onscreen and when Barbie was launched.
“It was superb,” Masselli stated, rising from the theater. “I cried.”
Masselli, who wore a scorching pink tank high with glowing pink pants, was considered one of many New Yorkers who turned out for the opening weekend of “Barbie,” Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster film starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.
Beginning Thursday afternoon, at theaters throughout the nation and even abroad, seats have been offered out to crowds brimming with coloration — one coloration specifically. Some clutched their favourite dolls, whereas others greeted mates with, “Hello, Barbie,” grinning.
Many followers additionally selected to see a double function by watching each “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the making of the atomic bomb. The unlikely pairing of those two smashingly profitable movies resulted within the film occasion of the summer time and the biggest box office weekend since 2019.
“You can simply really feel the joy, the power and the enjoyment within the theater,” stated Stephen Solomon, 24, who noticed “Barbie” on the AMC Lincoln Sq. on the Higher West Facet. “It felt like an occasion.”
Mary Albus, 28, entered the AMC Kips Bay theater holding a classic Barbie doll, which she bought on her twenty first birthday. Albus shares the doll along with her group of mates — the “sisterhood of the Touring Barbie” — passing it round from pal to pal. Classic Barbie was at one pal’s marriage ceremony in North Carolina; she has additionally been to Chicago, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.
It simply occurred that the “Barbie” film premiered throughout Albus’s flip with the doll.
“They have been like, ‘You need to take her to the ‘Barbie’ film,’” Albus stated.
Might Haaf stated seeing the film along with her 9-year-old daughter, Arya, was a bonding occasion and a method to rejoice feminine empowerment. Each wore matching white and pink “Barbie” T-shirts.
“It’s like a brand new technology of films the place ladies will be people and never be married, and also you don’t need to accept something,” Haaf stated.
Different followers who watched the film additionally associated to the movie’s themes of feminine empowerment.
“The film particularly was a extremely nice commentary on the difficulties of being a lady but additionally how stunning it’s on the identical time and the dichotomy that exists in womanhood,” stated Sadie Veach, 23, who was carrying a pink pantsuit and pink eyeliner. Veach’s pal, Taylee Mathis, 25, was carrying a pink shirt and pants and carrying a skateboard. She stated she grew up loving Barbie dolls, watching the Barbie animated films and dressing like Barbie.
“She’s extra than simply pink,” Mathis stated. “With Barbie you will be anyone you need to be.”
Maansi Srivastava contributed reporting.