Hugh Jackman and Zack Efron stars in this exceptional musical based on the worlds most famous showman. P.T Barnum and his “Greatest Show on Earth”
I am a sucker for musicals, and Hugh Jackman is one of my favorite actors of all time. His appearance in Tom Hoopers Les Miserables in 2012 was one of the best roles he had done, and showed that he could sing. and of course he is also everyone’s favorite Wolverine.
P.T Barnum was not necessarily a good man. History says that he used the “Freaks” of his shows to make money and The Greatest Showman portrays him as an ambitious Showman who strives to be better and bigger all the time and that he cares about his Circus and his circus freaks.
There are a lot of good actors here. Jackman and Efron in the leads, and Zendaya, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Fergusson as the co-stars and the chemistry between all of the cast is just spectacular.
The Greatest Showman is the directorial debut of Michael Gracey, and it is not a bad job. Directing musicals is never easy and he manages to capture the glory of the soundtrack and coordinate some awesome dance moves all throughout the film.
A Film like The Greatest Showman is a wet dream for fans of mise-en-scene, the movie is spectacularly beautiful to look at, everything that happens in front of the camera is visually pleasing. The costumes look great. The show is colourful and the music is catchy.
Of course we have to address the music. It is the most important part of musicals after all. The songs are mostly written by Pasek and Paul, two very famous partners in Hollywood musicals known for writing several famous award winning songs, and they have done quite a job on this score as well. “This is Me” “A Million Dreams” and “The Greatest Show” are all amazing songs to listen to. A good musical score makes you wanna dance, and The Greatest Showman succeeds at that.
The Greatest Sowman is a film where everything clicks together in piece. It is barely 105 minutes long but it feels like the time flies. Zendaya and Efron are spectacular in every scene together and the massive production budget shows that this is a movie where everything works out. It is a highly enjoyable movie that should be enjoyed on the big screen.
The GReatest Showman is a broad crowd pleaser everyone needed. It has a message of acceptance and courage that the year 2018 really needs and its catchy tunes and all the magic that happens on the screen makes it one of the finer musicals in past years.