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The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman
Movie: The Greatest Showman(2017)[tt1485796] Orphaned, penniless, but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American entertainer, Phineas Taylor Barnum, will always be remembered as the man with the gift to blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor manages to open a wax museum; however, he soon shifts focus to the unique and the peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Now, some people call Barnum's rich collection of oddities, an outright freak show; but, when Phineas, obsessed for cheers and respectability, gambles everything on the opera singer, Jenny Lind, to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will lose sight of the most crucial aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum, the greatest showman, risk it all to be accepted? Written byNick Riganas
Title The Greatest Showman
Release Date 26 December 2017 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, Musical
Production Companies Bona Film Group, Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman...
P.T. Barnum...
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams...
Charity Barnum...
Zac Efron
Zac Efron...
Phillip Carlyle...
Zendaya
Zendaya...
Anne Wheeler...
Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson...
Jenny Lind...
Austyn Johnson
Austyn Johnson...
Caroline Barnum...
Cameron Seely
Cameron Seely...
Helen Barnum...
Keala Settle
Keala Settle...
Lettie Lutz...
Sam Humphrey
Sam Humphrey...
Tom Thumb...
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II...
W.D. Wheeler...
Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson...
Mr. O'Malley...
Ellis Rubin
Ellis Rubin...
Young Barnum...
Skylar Dunn
Skylar Dunn...
Young Charity...
Daniel Everidge
Daniel Everidge...
Lord of Leeds...

Reviews

Her-Excellency on 7 April 2018
I have watched this film approximately twenty or more times. That is in no way an exaggeration and I may be low-calling it. Sometimes, I just have it on in the background while I work out or in the morning or while getting ready for work or I play it while cooking in the evening. On a couple of occasions, I've even caught my boyfriend humming the tunes. To say the songs stick with you, is an understatement. In fact, we've listened and watched it so much, that on every 20th Century Fox Movie "opening" sequence on any and all other subsequent 20th Century Fox movies we've watched, I automatically think of this one, and I am half expecting to see and hear the "Ah, ah, ahhh, ahh ..." and Hugh Jackman with his low "Ladies and Gents . . . ". Besides having a catchy and moving soundtrack, the film itself is a wonder to look at. The cinematography is beautiful, the costumes are well-done, and again, come on: HUGH JACKMAN singing and dancing. What could be better? Well, for one, not better, but almost as great, is Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind. The lady is gorgeous, and while she actually doesn't sing her rendition of "Never Enough" (Loren Allred does), the passion and zeal she brings to her onstage performance, is one for the books. I could literally (and have) replay that one scene over and over. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman also have a duet which is fun and witty and very creatively done. The only reason I did not give it a "10", is probably an unpopular view, and I know I will amass a hugh (not a typo :)) number of thumbs down, but oh well: I did not care for Zendaya AT ALL. I think she was so very miscast. I do not think she looked pretty in the film (although after filming, I saw her giving a couple of interviews and she looked beautiful); I thought she had absolutely zero chemistry with Zac Efron; and lastly, both her acting and her voice are like chalk grating on a blackboard to me. I think Logan Browning would have been cuter in the role. That's just me though, although it did affect my thoughts on the film and my score.All in all, WATCH IT if you have not yet done so. It is beautiful to look at and a (modern) masterpiece to the ears.

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