When a once in a generation filmmaker steps up to the plate to retell the tragic tale of one of history’s most important figures, the world takes notice. I am, of course, talking about Greta Gerwig‘s account of the multi-faceted, multi-talented blonde bombshell herself, Barbie. The Margot Robbie-helmed Barbie movie finally hit cinemas this week, exploding onto the big screen in a burst of pink glitter and peroxide highlights, but much like a Dream House accessory from yesteryear, she didn’t arrive alone.
Joining in on the plastic fantastic fun was perennial A-lister Christopher Nolan, whose blockbuster flick Oppenheimer made its way to cinemas on the same day. The Monster High doll to Robbie’s all-American girl-next-door, Oppenheimer is everything that Barbie isn’t: dark, brooding and strangely loaded with sex scenes. On paper, the two feel like opposing entities but if the marketing run has taught us anything, it’s that the rise of Barbie-core and the demise of the atomic-core make for a pretty juicy double feature.
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Best Barbenheimer Memes
Make no mistake, Barbenheimer memes have taken over the internet and we’re here for it. Check the best funny Barbenheimer memes we could find, all collated in this comprehensive guide to this season’s entertainment buffet.
The Birth of Barbenheimer
With both Barbie and Oppenheimer officially releasing on 21 July, movie-goers across the globe have been debating which film to see first. For months, we went back and forth between high drama and light-hearted fun, sparking a series of arguments with no clear resolution in sight. That was, of course, until some genius, presumably spurred on by the spirit of the Old El Paso child, suggested that we simply see both films back-to-back. Barbenheimer was born.
Since then, the internet has been aflutter with Barbenheimer memes, showcasing a kind of cinematic contrast that would make Rembrandt beam. Even Barbie star Margot Robbie admitted to sending her friends Barbenheimer memes, which is hardly a surprise. With TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and even Threads now choc-full of Barbenheimer content, it’s hard to escape the clutches of the film industry’s most unlikely pairing. In fact, the internet phenomenon has grown so quickly, it now has its own Wikipedia page.
Ryan Gosling and Cillian Murphy Meme Confusion
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 earlier this month, Robbie and co-star Ryan Gosling were asked if they had seen the Barbenheimer memes. The Aussie actor responded that “People are so clever, people who come up with those funny memes”, however, it was Gosling’s response that elicited the most compelling reaction.
At the end of the interview, the Ken actor asked “What is a meme?”, drawing an odd parallel to Oppenheimer lead actor Cillian Murphy. Recently, an old interview with the Peaky Blinders actor, who plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb in Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster, in which he revealed that he had no idea what a meme was has resurfaced. While innocent in nature, Gosling’s response on the Barbie press tour is being viewed as a carefully calculated move.
“He knew exactly what he was doing there,” Twitter user John Trumbull wrote.
Barbenheimer is an internet cultural phenomenon that being in early 2023. It centres around the fact that Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ movie and Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ are being released on the same day. Barbenheimer refers to the mashing of two movies and the idea that fans will view both as a double feature.
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ will release on July 21 globally.
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ will release on July 21 globally.