Movie review by Jesus ben Joseph, AKA Jesus ben Yahweh
I really wish I had written this review right when, “Barbie” the movie came out. Why? Because I give it five Celestial Stars and in December stars are hard to come by. There’s a high demand because apparently some big event is coming up.
As Jesus, I related to this movie and to Barbie herself. Like her, I had to travel to the “real world.” And there I met people who didn’t understand me or even like me. It’s really hard when others don’t understand who you are or see you as somebody you aren’t. It’s even harder when they see who you are and want to kill you. But I digress.
Barbie knew her assignment and I knew mine. Hers was to fix the rip in the continuum that is the membrane between Barbie Land and the Real World and thus prevent cellulite. Mine was to bring love, hope, and peace to the world. Mine was harder. Although cellulite’s a bear.
Like Barbie, I too, had a group of men who followed me around, however they were not all named Ken. My guys had different names, among them: Matthew, Luke, Mark, John—Judas. (Don’t get me started.) Mostly my disciples loved me, were devoted to me, and worked hard to spread my message.
Another similarity: we both had foot problems. All those miles I walked in flat leather sandals—there’s no support! But better than Barbie’s high heels.
In this movie, Barbie has to leave the wonderful world of Barbie Land and travel to the real world. It is no picnic once she gets there. She is groped, leered at, disrespected.
Verily I say, same same! Coming unto you was brutal: the birth canal (so tight!), the manger (licked by a cow!), carpentry work (a miracle I still have ten fingers). All that before my crucifixion! Even now, I get blamed for everything: the Patriarchy, the Puritan Work Ethic, Manifest Destiny. NONE of that was my idea. Sigh.
Another similarity: nobody believed Barbie could be in the Real World. One of the characters even says, “Barbie in the Real World? That’s impossible!”
They said the same thing about me, “God in the World? Impossible!”
But like Barbie in the movie, I came into the world with all its mess of pain and joy and struggle and courage and hope and love. And I’m still here!
At the end of the movie, Barbie doesn’t want to go back to Barbie Land. Instead, she walks off with Ruth Handler, creator of Barbie and tells Ruth that she wants to be human.
Ruth responds, “You understand that humans only have one ending. Ideas live forever, humans not so much. You know that, right?”
Barbie understands and replies, “I want to be a part of the people that make meaning. Not the thing that’s made. I want to do the imagining. I don’t want to be the idea. Does that make sense?”
It makes perfect sense. So as you enter the season of my birth, don’t forget to make meaning, to imagine the impossible! As I’ve said before (in Mark 19:26), “With God all things are possible.”
And see the Barbie movie—best Christmas movie of the year.