Movie Review: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The story of P.T. Barnum, an orphaned boy who turns into an ambitious man that wants to prove the doubters wrong. He’s on a mission for fortune and fame as he gambles on creating a spectacle for all to come, see and enjoy.

My wife and I spent the afternoon in the cinema, first watching A Quiet Place and then straight after watching The Greatest Showman. We wanted to watch Ready Player One but with The Greatest Showman only showing once per day now in the cinema it wouldn’t be long before its gone completely whereas Ready Player One still has a long time left so can watch at anytime. The Greatest Showman comes highly recommended by friends and some of my readers so I was eager to find out if the hype was real.

I’m glad to report back that the hype is real and completely justified. I absolutely loved this movie, from the performances to the music, everything about The Greatest Showman made sense and I’d watch it again today if I could.

The story is that of P.T. Barnum. As a young boy he’s considered nothing more than a tailors son and after his father passes away he’s left orphaned and to fend for himself. As we flash forward a number of years he comes home to marry his childhood sweetheart and to begin married life with a family. After being made redundant from his job, he’s left in an uncertain place where he dares to dream big. He wants to create a showcase that attracts the people of New York but when they aren’t initially interested in a waxwork museum he decides to change up his show and turn it into a place where people to watch “freaks” perform. He scouts out people who are different and don’t fit in, people such as the singing bearded lady, Siamese twins, heaviest man in the world, the tattooed man along with many more. All his recruits are outcasts and mocked by the “regular” folk of New York but Barnum looks passed their imperfections as he creates his showcase where he can become rich and famous and to provide his wife and family with everything they could ever wish for.

First thing is first, the music in this movie is great, the song choice in it’s entirety is superb and one of the best soundtracks to a movie. The costume design and set is also spot on as it captures the time extremely well and there wasn’t anything that I noticed that didn’t fit in or feel right. We move onto the acting which was sublime by all involved. Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum was simply captivating and despite his flaws as a person you just wished success on him. Zac Efron who plays Barnum’s business partner was equally as fantastic and he is somebody who I keep forgetting is a tremendous actor and given the right role he can put on an outstanding performance as good as anybody. Moving onto some of the support actors who featured in Barnum’s sideshow, Keala Settle, Zendaya and Sam Humphrey all did wonderfully in their roles and the chemistry and choreography between all involved was fantastic.

I truly don’t think there are enough superlatives to describe how amazing this movie was which for me the only flaw it had was that the lions used in the final show looked really poor and cheap as the CGI just wasn’t effective enough to make them look realistic.

To conclude, if you haven’t seen this movie you must. Thank you to anybody that recommended this to me it was truly worth the wait. A successful day in the cinema that’s for sure.


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