Film Review: “The Greatest Showman” (2017) ★★★★★


I have to admit, I am guilty of forming an absolutely positive opinion about “The Greatest Showman” by Michael Gracey before even watching the film. I fully understand the degree of the committed sin and all its implications. In my defense, I should say it was not because of Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and the entire talented cast involved. The reason for my favorable attitude toward this film was because of its genre – a musical. Despite all of that, I still left some room for objectiveness if not at least as a viewer, if not as a film critic. As you know, the viewer’s opinion is never forces under any circumstances. So, be assured that everything written below is an objective opinion of someone who has enjoyed a delightful and smooth journey throughout this movie with no bumps or crashes while watching.

The film follows a man with a big dream – P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman). From being absolutely no one, he turned into the fascinating person within a moment. This person created one of the most spectacular shows on planet Earth, drawing the attention of Queen Victoria and the entire world. We will get a chance to learn what made Barnum into the Greatest showman, and how he manages to create the first show business and turn it into a profitable undertaking.

The viewer is brought back to Barnum’s childhood. We see how he and his father were treated badly because of their status in the society. Yet, we also come to know him as a boy who has something in his mind and that will unfold some day. He grows up and marries his childhood sweetheart – Charity (Michelle Williams). Soon they have to adorable daughters added to their rapidly grown family. As a person with creative ideas, Barnum is not upset being laid off from work. He has the idea to create a museum, and then a circus with all different kinds of human beings. And following this dream is what makes him into one of the most famous people on the Planet. He sees every member of his circus family as beautiful beings, while the rest of the world thinks of them as freaks.

As the story unfolds, the music and dances create an enchanting atmosphere, masterfully crafted thoroughly from the start to the end. Barnum’s journey is not all about ups. There are also failures, tears, disappointment, and frustration. Yet, our protagonist never gives up.

When given a chance to look around, he realizes he has something that will never let him be upset or feel bad. He is also a family man, who is ready to sacrifice his life for his loved ones if needed. As you will see, he does more than that, and you should certainly watch and find out at the first opportunity.

In conclusion, as you watch this film with beautifully written songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, you will also admire the great and subtle choreography, outstanding performances, and the well-structured directing by Michael Gracey. By the way, it is worth to mention that this film is his directorial debut. There is something magical about Gracey’s movie. If you’re a fan of musicals, you will admire every second of it; maybe even cry a bit… who knows? Having said that, I would reveal many things – good or bad, but it will be up to you to agree or disagree with me. Most importantly, this is an enjoyable, fun and glamorous musical, that fits into the standards of the genre perfectly.


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