“Simu Liu f**king sucked in the movie”: While Ryan Gosling’s Barbie Performance is Being Called an Oscar Bullseye, Fans Slam Shang-Chi Star’s Acting Chops

While Ryan Gosling's Barbie Performance is Being Called an Oscar Bullseye, Fans Slam Shang-Chi Star's Acting Chops
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Simu Liu’s journey to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric, transitioning from his role in the sitcom Kim’s Convenience to becoming the iconic Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s blockbuster, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 

Simu Liu in a still from the film
Simu Liu in a still from the film

And now, the spotlight continues to shine on him as he plays a prominent role in the Barbie movie, alongside renowned talents Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, undoubtedly set to make cinematic history with its cultural significance.

Also read: “How ridiculous some roles can be”: Simu Liu Reveals Greta Gerwig’s Barbie Brought Diversity After Exposing Harsh Reality


Simu Liu’s Performance Receives Mixed Reactions

In the live-action Barbie movie, Simu Liu takes on the role of one of the Kens, starring alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. During interviews, Liu intriguingly portrayed his character as a “slightly more vulnerable” version of the classic Ken doll, deviating from the conventional image. Moreover, he passionately expressed that the film serves as a “pink celebration,” effectively putting an end to outdated gender stereotypes. But fans weren’t impressed by Liu’s performance in the film.

However, some reviewers also praised his performance. Carla Renata, the Rotten Tomatoes critic, enthusiastically expressed her emotional engagement with the Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig, remarking that it had her completely immersed in her feelings. She also highlighted Simu Liu’s captivating dance numbers as some of her favorite moments in the film.

“I saw ‘Barbie The Movie’ and Greta Gerwig left me all in my feelings as did the production design, costumes, Hair and makeup! I was living for the dance numbers led by Simu Liu! It’s overblown fun with a feminist twist”

Simu Liu was unsure about Barbie at first
Simu Liu

Barbie has achieved a remarkable feat by securing the title of the highest opening day collection for the year, surpassing even Oppenheimer. According to Variety, the film achieved a spectacular start, raking in an impressive $22.2 million during its Thursday preview, and continued its triumphant run by amassing $48.2 million on its official opening day, which was July 21st.


Also read: Simu Liu Called Greta Gerwig’s Barbie ‘Weird’, Revealed His Agent Would Get Fired If It Didn’t Turn Out Well

Barbie Could Emerge As A Big Blockbuster

Barbie has emerged victorious over the recent releases, including Mission: Impossible 7, The Flash, and Oppenheimer, by a staggering $150 million or more in estimated domestic gross during its opening weekend. This remarkable feat not only solidifies its position as the biggest domestic opening of 2023 but also defies all expectations, thanks to the outstanding performances by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the movie.

Barbie has managed to leave behind superhits like Oppenheimer and Mission: Impossible 7
Barbie has managed to leave behind superhits like Oppenheimer and Mission: Impossible 7

Undoubtedly, Barbie was one of the most anticipated movie of the entire summer. When it finally hit the theaters, coinciding with Oppenheimer’s release date, the beloved Barbie movie soared to an extraordinary milestone, firmly establishing itself as a monumental success in the world of cinema.


Greta Gerwig’s movie has achieved an unprecedented triumph as the top-grossing film during the domestic opening weekend of 2023, with projections indicating it will surpass $150 million in domestic earnings within that timeframe. This impressive feat, as shared on Twitter, has solidified the movie’s status as a resounding box-office success.

Also read: “Boys don’t wear pink”: Simu Liu Says Margot Robbie’s Barbie Twists Gender Norms, Breaks Social Barriers

Source: Twitter


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