In one of the more bizarre (and totally unofficial) marketing crossovers of recent years, Friday (July 21) marks “Barbenheimer” day – with Barbie And Oppenheimer hit theaters at the same time.
Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan’s three-hour biopic about the “father of the atomic bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy alongside co-stars Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt and Matt Damon.
In the meantime, BarbieBased on the popular Mattel toy line, the Greta Gerwig-directed film stars Margot Robbie in the title role and Ryan Gosling as Ken.
With the two films releasing on the same day, many people have committed to seeing them back-to-back as part of a self-curated double program.
However, the completely different tone of the two films has sparked some debate over the optimal order for viewing the films.
Some have argued that the lighter tone of Barbie Would make it a good palette cleaner judging by the intensity Oppenheimerwhile others have claimed that Nolan’s film’s extensive content overshadowed Nolan’s film’s lightness Barbieyou should watch them in this order.
Many people, including actors and critics, have pondered the best order to watch “Barbenheimer.”
Barbie Star Issa Rae advised people: “Look Oppenheimer First clean your palate with Barbie“.
“I want to have mimosas and drinks and cocktails after Barbie, I don’t want to sulk,” she said during a red carpet interview.
West Side Story Star Rachel Zegler wrote on Twitter: “I think it will be like that Barbie First, because I think Oppenheimer is going to hurt my brain and I’d rather not think about it during Barbie.”
Little white lies Film critic Hannah Strong wrote, “I’ve thought about it and I think Barbie Then Oppenheimer is the correct order, for we must sit with the burden of the sins of mankind, having enjoyed a moment’s joyous respite from the horror.”
Film critic Scott Mantz wrote: “After watching #BARBENHEIMER I highly recommend watching #BARBIE first and then #OPPENHEIMER! Barbie really fun though Oppenheimer Stay with you – you don’t want to think about it Oppenheimer while watching Barbie! (Or maybe yes?)”
Robbie and Gosling, meanwhile, proposed their own solution to the dilemma.
“That’s a perfect double count,” Robbie said AP. “Start your day with Barbiethen go straight in Oppenheimerand then a Barbie pursuers.”
Gosling agreed: “My suggestion would be Barbie First, Oppenheimer for lunch, and then a Barbie pursuers.”
You can follow the latest updates here, with a frontrunner seemingly emerging in the duel for box office supremacy.