The blockbusters are here, people! It is time to grab your choc-top ice creams, buckets of popcorn, and splurge on the big screen.
Some of the biggest releases of the year have arrived after all the hype (and pink hyper-colour). Firstly, there is our Margot Robbie sizzling across from Ryan Gosling in Barbie. It is such clever marketing with the taglines: “If you hate Barbie, you will love this movie. If you love Barbie, you will love this movie.”
We have come a long way since I was a little girl and played with my Barbies, which were so old that many of them had one arm and horrid hair that was falling out in clumps. My Barbies looked like Druggo Barbie. Barbie stopped ageing at 19, but if we are counting birthdays, she is 64 this year. Barbara Millicent Roberts has been a childhood favourite for six decades.
All I wanted to make my life complete when I was seven was Malibu Barbie and her matching campervan. But we were a family that did not seem to buy Barbie new and, instead, Mum always bought us skateboards and fast toys that you could injure your body on/in/around. Feeling a little nostalgic, this big kid will be lining up to see the most famous blonde in the world.
The second blockbuster being released this week is Oppenheimer. The storyline is about the development of nuclear bombs in World War II. The cast is incredible, with Matt Damon, Cillian Murphy (from Peaky Blinders), Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek and Kenneth Branagh. It looks brilliant and heavy.
But the best part of July is this new phenomenon of groups seeing both movies and calling it ‘Barbenheimer’. It has a great ring to it, doesn’t it? Some friends are doing cocktails for Barbie, and then dinner before watching Oppenheimer. I am nothing if not a follower of trends and an enabler of fun and frivolity. Bring on Barbenheimer!
And if it is all a negative for you, then of course there is Tom Cruise’s latest movie Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1.
Well, Tom, I am still mad at you for breaking our Nicole Kidman’s heart. Will we ever know what happened with their kids? Why do I care so much? Anyway, if the mission in the plot is always so impossible, then why is Tom being assigned a mission for the 7th time? This franchise really could be called Mission Totally Possible. Spoiler alert: Cruise will be doing a lot of running, jumping and jaw flexing.