Film Review: The Greatest Showman
Directed by first time director Michael Gracey, it’s a star studded spectacle with amazing songs, to make up for a lack of story.
The songs are the absolute standout in this film. Benji Pasek and Justin Paul has worked wonders with the songs. My personal favorite is ‘Rewrite the Stars’ but I love majority of the songs (barring the last three). The only thing is that the songs don’t particularly fit with the time period where the story is set as they feel very 21st century pop. They make good songs to listen to separately though!
I am aware of the inaccuracies of the film regarding P.T. Barnum, as this is more of a happier look of his life. I think it would work better if it was about someone starting a circus today in general. The biggest issue I have is the plot, which is inconsistent and shallow at times. It had a lot of potential to dive into ideas of racism, family and discrimination but really skimmed over these topics in favour of a feel good musical. The plot also rushes through the first 20ish years in 5 minutes and only focuses on one part of Barnum. Another issue I have is that the songs are often thrown in when the film gets slow, to distract from the lack of a story. Also while ‘This is Me’ is a fantastic song, the buildup to the moment felt rushed and without real development to lead to the big ‘loving yourself’ singalong moment. Production wise, it was very grand, barring from the CGI elephant.
The cast was also a mixed bag as only Barnum really got any character development. Hugh Jackman was great and it is so good to see an actor give it his all and pushed to get this film made. I also enjoyed both Zac Efron and Zendaya, although I feel their romance could have been developed further. Rebecca Ferguson, unfortunately wasn’t given much to work with as half her time was ‘singing’ one song and then she was portrayed as a seductress for Barnum. Her character could have been utilised better. The oddities could also have been further explored into, with backstories to make them not all seem like one collective.
Saying all that, this film is still fun and I enjoyed the music very much
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