The Greatest Showman

Is it a Freakshow?
Is it allowed to show them in public?
Should we make the audience laugh at us or with us?
All these questions appear in the new movie starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and many more known faces called “The Greatest Showman”
From the very beginning of the movie, you can see the lack of real artists and the abuse of CGI.
The acrobats weren’t really doing any acrobatic tricks they just got green screened which for me lost the complete charm of this movie. If it wouldn’t pop out on our face from the very beginning that I could tolerate it but not the beginning. But that is not the only thing that this movie has to offer us. It is a musical where some people really sing and their voices match. Hugh Jackman in his role as P.T. Barnum just is brilliant and his voice is very nice too. The Harmony that Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron had really surprised me because, before that, we heard people using Autotune.
Let’s start again. The Greatest Showman is a musical based on the true story of P.T. Barnum. A politician, showman who also founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1871. I personally don’t know much about him so I can’t say if it is relatable or not. The Actors, singers, and dancers are pretty good at what they are doing. You believe in the words Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron sing to you. You see the disaster in their eyes. The Dancers\ Singers also did a really good job as performers as well as singers and actors. You saw the pain they were going through but for me, it was pushed way beyond the point where it actually was okay at the end of the movie, probably because I don’t know the story of P.T. Barnum. The songs in the movie are original and even the lyrics make absolute sense, for me, but here is the problem, you could clearly hear the pop rhythm of the music we have nowadays in each and every song. How do you expect people to think they live in 1817 when you use Instruments, which you can clearly hear an electrical beat in more than one song, and a feeling of pop songs nowadays?
The dancers which were technical really good had dance moves that did not fit at this time of the year at all.
The Story is also pretty easy to understand and of course, they will put a love story somehow in there so can get more people to watch.
Overall this movie is okay, I won’t say good either bad. For me, it is a 4\10.
The Director Michael Gracey did not really get me with his debut movie. I don’t think this is a movie you need to watch in Cinema but it has his own charm. For a production cost of 84 Million dollars, i somehow expected a little bit more but that is okay.


Picture by Eva Blue

Text by Patrick

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