Today we’re talking about the 2016 film Barbie: Spy Squad.
Definitely geared towards younger audiences, it’s a solid intro into the secret agent / spy genre. The twist was predictable for me, but I’ve seen a lot of these.
The main three characters are the usual super awesome Barbie and friends. They fit into the basic spy stereotypes very well. The techie computer guy felt really relatable and the over-the-top spy aunt was pretty funny.
The villain felt a little meh and the heel-face turn was abrupt and could have used more set up.
The dialogue oscillates between cutesy and inane. There are a few funny jokes and the overall message is good.
Visuals and Music
The visuals are standard Barbie movie with lots of cute spy and action bonuses. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible.
The music is catchy… too catchy. They have 1 song and they use it A LOT!
I enjoyed this the first time I watched it. It has constantly been on of my daughters favourite movies since she could ask for it. She used to say she was going on missions with her spy girls and then do a bunch of flips.
One of the best Barbie movies available with a strong message and catchy music. It’s a great intro into spy and action movies without the gratuitous violence. It’s fun and one of my daughter’s favourite movies.
Score: 3 stars out of 5