The Greatest Showman: Movie Review
By: Matt Suzara
P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was a son of a tailor who fell in love with a girl named Charity (Michelle Williams) that belongs to a rich family. Barnum continues to dream that one day he could give a prosperous life to Charity. At first, he struggles to support his happy family but as soon he came up with a crazy idea and gambles with an unusual set of people - their lives changes, and everything became history.
I am not into musical films as isn't really my type of genre when it comes to films. I hated Les Miserables which also features a singing Wolverine. However, I didn't know what sorcery happened to me when I watched The Greatest Showman on its advance screening last Tuesday night. The film was charmingly beautiful from start to finish. It opened with a set of spectacular scenes incorporated with a lovely "A Million Dreams" song in a fast-paced storytelling. It was highlighted with a colorful set of visuals lifted up with a lively dance routine. Basically, the film already set the standard into a high level; hinting that there are more songs and explosive numbers coming to your way later on.
It picks up where it started and continues to impress. All the songs were just simply a candy to the ear, and all of it are delivered with top-notch choreography that is dazzling to the eyes. Every song is a keeper, and I never thought I would love the whole soundtrack in my first viewing. I ended up searching for the song on youtube after the film, and as soon as I played it again - it was magic all over again.
Yes, the rag to riches story line is predictable and some are pointing out that they altered a lot in P. T. Barnum's life. However, I can't take away the fact that the film is such a beauty in every single way. The casts were just simply tremendous and showcased their talents in their performances. Hugh Jackman was on top of his game and provided a remarkable job as the central character. I loved the fact that they included Zac Efron in the mix. He was superb all around and made me reminisce his High School Musical days, especially with his number with Zendaya. They owned that particular scene with that romantic daredevil moment. Other casts were amazing with both Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson each had their turns to shine. No small roles for everyone as the entire circus crew were remarkable, especially Keala Settle who played as the bearded woman.
Overall, The Greatest Showman features a set of bubbly and scintillating song numbers. It is a ravishing and mesmerizing musical that is ten times better than La La Land.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars
Cast: Hugh Jackamn, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams
Directed by: Michael Gracey
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens January 31 in cinemas
Sneak Previews on January 22 and 23