Director : Michael Gracey
Producer(s) : Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping
Starring : Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya
Genre : Musical/Drama
Release Date : December 24, 2017
Score : John Debney & Joseph Trapanese
Awesome-O-Metre : 7.0/10
Revue of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Here’s my two cents on the movie that’s got everybody who has seen it, talking. The movie highlighted the ‘from nothing to something’ life and career of circus pioneer, Phineas Taylor Barnum. The plot is a basic one with no depth and was predictable – son of a tailor who rose to become a show business icon (climax of the movie) and then lost it all in one swoop but recovered with the help of friends and family. *Yawns* c’mon Hollywood!
But then, despite the not so novel plot this film was so attractive and enjoyable! The songs put together by the songwriting team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and their ten songs tracklist (currently Billboard No. 1) might have cluttered the screen but it was the most enjoyable thing about this movie. I am also positive that the audience appreciated that the songwriting duo took into consideration the fact that not everybody is a fan of classical music as almost all the songs were classical verses paired with more contemporary choruses.
The cast in my opinion, was perfect. Hugh Jackman could do no wrong as Barnum and the choice of Zac Efron as Philip was a good one considering his performance in high school musical. Zendaya came through in her duet with Zac for the song ‘rewrite the stars’ and the role of the Swedish songbird Jenny Lind was played by Rebecca Ferguson although her powerful vocals for the song ‘never enough’ was belted by The Voice US runner up – Loren Allred.
Everything said, this is a feel-good movie and I will rate it 7/10. 5 for the songs, 1 for the cast and 1 for everything else.
I will recommend that you go see The Greatest Showman and I dare go out on a limb to say we have an Oscar winner here. Get your cheap cinema tickets HERE. I am curious to hear what you have to say so feel free to hit me up on Twitter and Facebook
Review by Okwy @JaneTweetsOk
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