By: Ansha Kottapalli
Global audiences have been captivated by both Barbie and Oppenheimer, even though their genres couldn’t be more different. It is very rare to see a fun lighthearted movie go neck-and-neck against a drama about the development of the atomic bomb.
The director of Barbie, Greta Gerwig, sets the scene in Barbie Land where life sized Barbies roam around. Each Barbie is unique, and the film displays a wide range of races and professions. Every man in Barbie Land responds to the name Ken, and they each compete for their Barbies’ affection.
Stereotypical Barbie, the protagonist played by Margo Robbie, starts having thoughts of death even though she is supposed to always have happy, perfect days. Confused by this revelation, she “winds up on a mysterious journey to the real world, with Ken stowing away in the backseat of her pink Corvette”(NPR). In the real world she sees that the it contrasts Barbie land. Unlike in her world, women are not treated with respect. In this world, Ken is exposed to the concept of patriarchy, and adopts its framework, bringing it back to Barbie Land.
The movie Oppenheimer was adapted from Oppenheimer’s biography, American Prometheus. Using this book as inspiration, Christopher Nolan, the director of the movie, “comes at his subject from every angle”(NPR). Because of this book, the audience can understand his background, such as his Jewish heritage and left-wing political beliefs.
Oppenheimer never demonstrated remorse for the destruction he caused in Japan, even though he claimed to be against nuclear weapons. In the movie, however, Oppenheimer is shown to be extremely guilty for his actions. He realizes that his creation could cause world destruction.