Greta Gerwig, the director of the successful Barbie movie, has spoken about the challenges she faced during production. Gerwig wanted to make a film that was "anarchic and wild and funny and cathartic," and she was pleased to see that it was being received that way.
However, she admitted that Mattel executives did not fully embrace her vision, giving only a tentative approval. Gerwig believed that her determination to include certain scenes outweighed any desire to remove them. She also addressed the criticism she received from right-wing conservatives who accused the film of being "woke" and threatened to burn their Barbie dolls. Gerwig hopes that the movie can bring relief to both men and women and encourage everyone to let go of unhelpful attitudes. The film, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has been a box office hit since its release.