THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Review…
Who would have ever believed Logan aka Wolverine could have a singing side to him, he is an actor and that is why he is that good. Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron did a major play in this movie. Let me quickly go through a summary of the movie before I get carried away. (by the way this is his second major sing along movie, the first major was Les Miserable).
The movie is set in a time where whites do not see blacks eye to eye, where coloured people were not allowed in the same place as whites. Hugh Jackman, playing Barnum grew up as a poor lad who had a dream of becoming an important person in life and marrying the love of his life, Charity. He ended up marrying her and having two beautiful children with her, but he could not give them the better things of life, even though Charity never complained. On the birthday of one of his girls, after losing his job, he decided to follow his heart and buy a museum with a loan he collected from the bank. But things did not go as planned for Barnum till he decided to do the unthinkable and start a circus of outcasts with special talent. It was an instant hit and people flooded in their numbers to watch the show which included singing, dancing, synchronized choreography and all. As the show grew, critics called it a joke in the papers, the white folks started to revolt against it gradually. Barnum was not satisfied with the success, he wanted to show his father in-law, who had called him a misfit and a man not good enough for his daughter, just how successful he could be. He first bought a big mansion close to his father in-law and then he went ahead to the brightest actor at the time to join his popular show. It was not easy convincing Philip, played by Zac Efron, to join but they agreed on a 10percent partnership and Philip used his connections to get an audience with Queen Victoria, were he met the lovely Jenny Lind who could sing the heavens down. He suddenly got transfixed, booked her for a show, where she totally hypnotised the crowd with her voice and got the applause of everyone. Barnum quickly took another loan and booked for shows all around the land, he quickly forgot his supposed rejects and went running away with his new star.
To cut the long story short, Jenny left Barnum because he was not going to cheat on his wife, his circus got burnt down by the angry miscreants that did not want the show to continue and because Jenny left, he went bankrupt and the bank had to take his home. He later retraced his step and got the show going again.
The colour, costume and choreography were amazing. The lip singing of all the actors and stunts was next to none. The songs did justice to the movie and the storyline had so much lessons to learn from. Towards the end of the movie, after the building got burnt down, Barnum’s major critic told him what he did could be termed as “the celebration of humanity” where all was welcome to be what they wanted to be without fear of rebuke or attack. It is one movie that did a number on me and I must say you would be thoroughly entertained watching it. It gets a 4.5 over 5 stars and I am totally blown away with the greatest showman. If you have not seen it, please go ahead and do. Believe me when I say you will not regret it.
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