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Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle. This inspirational films also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
The Greatest Showman is is rags to riches story based loosely on P.T. Barnum, an American circus showman. My 10 year old daughter had seen the trailers and heard the songs on the radio and was keen to watch this with me so we settled down to watch and have a bit of a sing-along!
The Greatest Showman is a flashy, fast-paced and uplifting film with a high feel-good factor offering a much welcome sense of escape. It features a stellar cast which caters to all age groups. Zendaya and Zac Efron have a huge tween fan base whereas Hugh Jackman offers an old-school charm. The talented and charming Jackman plays the lead character, Barnum and is definitely the star of the show with his singing, dancing and cheering smile. Michelle Williams also does a fabulous job as his long-suffering wife who shows Barnum what's really important whilst Rebecca Ferguson plays the aloof English singer, Jenny Lind to perfection.
The musical score is slick with some catchy tunes and my daughter and I found ourselves both singing along to Keala Settle's 'This is Me'. The songs were appropriate to the story and when the pace slowed down, it was usually followed by a song to pick things up.
Visually this movie is stunning with lots of incredible shots of the circus in action and various musical scenes scattered throughout various locations. The sets were spectacular with gorgeous ballrooms and fancy mansions. The period costumes were also beautiful.
The Greatest Showman isn't a challenging or perfect film, the story-line is pretty basic and the ending is predictable. There were definitely moments when my attention waned but overall, it was a fun, enjoyable family movie. My daughter gave it a resounding 10 out of 10 and although my rating isn't quite as high, it was an entertaining, feel-good film.
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