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The Greatest Showman (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Michael Gracey

Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

Other notable appearances:
Keala Settle, Zendaya, W.D. Wheeler, Sam Humphrey, Eric Anderson, Rebecca Ferguson

Running time:
105 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Moana, Moulin Rouge

 

PT Barnum (Jackman) goes from an orphaned tailor’s apprentice to charismatic circus ringmaster. But can his wife (Williams) and daughters or his circus family survive the next leap in his career?

The Greatest Showman incorporate the best parts of classic movie musicals and modern music techniques. The result is something that is truly epic.

The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman ranges from powerful to touching and sometimes it’s both, but is always magnificent. The choreography that accompanies the performance songs on-screen is perfect. It’s fun, dynamic and always spectacular. My favourite choreographed number is without a doubt ‘Rewrite the Stars’ featuring Zac Efron and Zendaya. It’s daring and beautiful.

The entire cast is simply impeccable. Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron are completely in their element and I have never seen either actor perform better than they do in The Greatest Showman. Likewise for Michelle Williams who is wonderful as the softly spoken and mischievous Charity Barnum. The rest of the cast all shine beautifully in their roles.

I don’t know how accurate the story is as far as a biography film goes, but The Greatest Showman features a fantastic story with mountainous highs and balancing lows.

All in all, I loved The Greatest Showman. I am currently still in love with its soundtrack. I think the film was visually spectacular and filled with a ridiculously talented cast performing breathtaking choreography to delightful music. If you enjoy movie musicals then you absolutely must see The Greatest Showman. It is, in my humble opinion, the best movie musical of the decade thus far.

Rating:

“You’re even smaller than I imagined!”
“Well, you’re not exactly reaching the top shelf yourself, sweetheart.”

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