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The Greatest Showman

Opening Date
28 Dec 2017
Rating
PG
Runtime
105 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Musical
Director
Michael Gracey
Cast
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
Synopsis
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Reviews
By Say Peng  23 Dec 2017
The Greatest Showman is an entertaining but narratively thin retelling of how PT Barnum, played by Hugh Jackson, founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as The Greatest Show on Earth. The film takes the biographical facts of Barnum’s life and refashions it to tell a simple, almost simplistic, tale of underdog empowerment.  
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The Greatest Showman is an entertaining but narratively thin retelling of how PT Barnum, played by Hugh Jackson, founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as The Greatest Show on Earth. The film takes the biographical facts of Barnum’s life and refashions it to tell a simple, almost simplistic, tale of underdog empowerment.  

Whereas the real Barnum only started his circus when he was 60 years old, after living a busy life as an impresario, museum owner, and freak show organiser, the film compresses all of these. In the film, Barnum’s attempt to start his own museum, later renamed a ‘circus’ after a local critic applied the word pejoratively to describe Barnum’s enterprise, is his first business endeavour and also his way of leaving behind his Oliver Twist upbringing and proving himself to those who have snubbed him in the past. 

Steadfastly supporting Barnum is his wife, Charity, played by Michelle Williams. As Barnum becomes more and more obsessed with chasing success and money and fame, he becomes more and more neglectful of his family. Events come to a climax when Barnum almost falls for Jenny Lind, a famous Swedish soprano, with whom he has been touring with in America. Rebuffed, Jenny decides to break off business associations with Barnum, who returns to home and, moments after reuniting with his family, finds that his circus is burning to the ground.

It’s a major setback. But, as with all setbacks faced by characters in this film, this one is too just as easily solved. It turns out that Barnum’s junior partner, Phillip Carlyle, played by Zac Efron, has saved enough money from his portion of the profits that they can rebuild the circus. Ultimately, the film lacks convincing and substantial dramatic moments that would have anchored the struggles that Barnum and his group of ostracised performers experienced. Opportunities were plumb for the filmmakers to inject relevant social commentary about inclusion and diversity, but there were none of that. 

So take The Greatest Showman for it is: an almost mindless but very entertaining family film with a redundant positive message and some great musical numbers. 
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