Werner Herzog Suggests ‘Barbie’ Is A Hellish Nightmare, Not A Wonderland


Actor and director Werner Herzog, known for his role as The Client in ‘The Mandalorian,’ recently shared his thoughts on the popular movie ‘Barbie,’ comparing the seemingly idyllic Barbie Land to a nightmarish hellscape. Herzog made these comments during an appearance on “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” where he expressed his controversial take on the film.

Key Takeaway

Werner Herzog’s comparison of ‘Barbie’ to a hellish nightmare has sparked debate and cast a shadow over the film’s otherwise successful run in the awards circuit. His remarks have brought into question the perception of the movie and its potential impact on the ongoing awards season.

Herzog’s Controversial Theory

During the interview, Herzog revealed that he had only watched the first 30 minutes of ‘Barbie.’ Despite this limited exposure, he put forward the theory that Barbie Land may not be the magical wonderland it appears to be, but rather a place with a much more sinister and oppressive atmosphere. He posed the question, “Could it be that the world of ‘Barbie’ is sheer hell? And, for a movie ticket, as an audience you can witness sheer hell as close as it gets?”

Reception and Awards Buzz

While Herzog’s comments have sparked controversy, they stand in stark contrast to the widespread acclaim and success of ‘Barbie.’ The film has captivated audiences globally and garnered significant awards attention, with eight Academy Award nominations and a box office revenue exceeding $1 billion. However, it faced setbacks at events such as the BAFTAs, where it failed to secure any wins, and the Golden Globes, where it only claimed two out of nine nominations.

Implications for Awards Season

Despite the accolades and recognition, Herzog’s critique raises questions about the film’s reception among critics and industry insiders. With the upcoming SAG Awards, where ‘Barbie’ is nominated in four categories, the impact of Herzog’s perspective on the movie’s awards trajectory remains to be seen. His outspoken views could potentially influence the perception of the film within the industry and among award voters.