The Greatest Showman
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I can't describe how happy that movie made me 😍🤩❤️👌🏽
Like Barnum himself, it’s an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don’t look too close.
Don’t get me wrong, the Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum circus musical is a bad movie, but one that’s just enjoyably bad enough to keep you entertained. If you loathe musicals, this definitely ain’t for you. But if you indulge in gaudy show tunes, and can relinquish all desire for a logical plot and developed characters, then, in the melodically whispered words of Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman is everything you ever want, it’s everything you ever need, it’s where you want to be.
This strained musical is content to play to the cheap seats. Earnest in the extreme and armed with lethal amounts of razzle-dazzle, the feature debut of commercial director Michael Gracey is an all-out assault of sentiment, pop songs and dime-store psychology that’s somewhat held together by Hugh Jackman’s likably shameless portrayal of this striving charmer.
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Movie Info & Cast
- Hugh Jackman
- Michelle Williams
- Zac Efron
- Rebecca Ferguson
- Austyn Johnson
- Cameron Seely
- Keala Settle
- Sam Humphrey
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Did You Know?
- Carey Mulligan and Ellen Page were originally considered for the role of Jenny Lind, but director Michael Gracey wanted Rebecca Ferguson for the role.
- Around 2/3 of the movie in we see Barnum leaving with Lind to start her US tour. The film shows a horse drawn carriage waiting outside the door, with Lind already seated inside, it collects Barnum, and then leaves down a gravel drive from the house leaving tracks as it goes down the drive. However there is only one set of tracks that is being created as the carriage leaves, there should have been at least one more set as the carriage came to the house to collect Barnum, as well as other marks from use, such as foot/horse prints.
- Phillip Carlyle: I can't just run off and join the circus.
- P.T. Barnum: Why not? You clearly have a flair for show business.
- Phillip Carlyle: There's show business?
- P.T. Barnum: Mm-hmm.
- Phillip Carlyle: I never heard of it.
- P.T. Barnum: 'Cause I just invented it.