(7/10) – My Rating
The Greatest Showman: Contemporary pop style songs in a period musical is certainly a different choice. One that I am definitely not mad about because there are some very good songs in the film. Michael Gracey’s directorial debut tells a decent bit of P. T. Barnum’s story. Unfortunately, though the story is rushed which caused a few of the pivotal moments and relationships to be forced.
After movies like “Logan” it is easy to forget that Hugh Jackman is a truly talented singer. His performance as Barnum is in the upper half of his filmography, but it feels likely that it’ll often be looked over. The circus member cast does an excellent job, but they are often used as just a sideshow act. It would have been nice to get to know their characters more. The same can be said for the “high class” citizens as well.
The movie feels more like a stage play then a musical movie, but that isn’t a bad thing. Overall, the sets, the costumes, and the camera work made the movie look pretty. It’s just the story and pacing that falter. Fans of musicals or Hugh Jackman will like it enough for a watch to be worth it, but I’m not sure that mass audiences will find much appeal.
Watch the trailer for The Greatest Showman!