Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
Director: Michael Gracey
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Biography | Drama | Musical | 2017
I was super excited when I got tickets to the advanced screening of The Greatest Showman. This film has been on our DFP watch list ever since David heard about it. And being that it’s Disney, there was no way I was going to miss the chance to see this movie. After watching it, I can honestly say that I want to watch it again. When it comes to musicals, I feel like Disney has the upper hand (no including Into the Woods, which I did not like). The entire time I was watching it I felt like I wanted to dance. All the tunes were catchy and fun, even when they were singing about something that wasn’t so happy.
Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, the man behind what we know today as the Circus. One thing I love about this film is the fact that it’s a biography on top of being a musical. Barnum brings together all the “freaks” and gives them a family and puts on a show. If you know anything about the history of the circus, I’m sure you can think of a few showstoppers as well as how the community reacted to such a show.
Barnum’s wife, played by Michelle WIlliams, always backed up her husband on his outlandish thoughts and impulsive risks. But, being a film, there were major bumps in the road that tore the family apart (including the circus family).
Some others who star in the show: Zendaya plays a trapeze artist and Zac Efron plays Carlyle, the right hand man to Barnum. These two have a romance in the story and I loved every second of it. It was sort of like Pride and Prejudice, if you catch my drift. The fact that they are two child Disney stars was just awesome too. Keala Settle played the bearded woman and she had an amazing voice. There was also Rebecca Ferguson who played Jenny Lind, the woman with the most amazing voice in all the world, and the woman who turned Barnum’s life upside down.
The music itself was wonderful. Like I said before, everything was catchy, and I loved how the lyrics truly captured the feelings of who was singing it. Everyone’s voice was just great along with the music accompanying it. I also loved that Zendaya had pink hair, she can totally pull that off. The costumes were wonderful and pleasing to look at. They really added to the whole circus thing.
As for Jackman and Williams, I loved their chemistry on screen and the duets that they sang in the beginning of the film. It really brought the imagination and wonderment to screen like I’m sure the circus did for all the folks back then.
Overall, I am going to give The Greatest Showman a “Loved It.” I just loved everything about it, right up to the little girls and their role in the making of the Barnum circus. The ending was perfect and the direction of how the story of Barnum’s circus came to be was just great. I’d definitely watch this again. (5/5).
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