The Greatest Showman

Certificate PG

(2017) 105 mins

Director: Michael Gracey
Writers: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Production Design: Nathan Crowley
Music: John Debney, Joseph Trapanese


P T Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the son of a poor tailor, grows up to become a wily dreamer and schemer.  He marries his devoted childhood sweetheart, Charity (Michelle Williams), and, determined to give her the life she once enjoyed with her wealthy, disapproving family, he quickly manipulates a bank into financing his dream project, a multistory “museum of curiosities.” The wax figures and stuffed giraffes that Barnum puts on display don’t draw much attention at first. But once he starts recruiting human eccentrics – a bearded lady (Keala Settle), conjoined twins (Yusaku Komori and Danial Son), the aptly named Gen. Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey) – the crowds begin to gather. And Barnum’s show gets a classy lift when he launches the American career of Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) and persuades the highbrow theater personality Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) to help produce his show.  Los Angeles Times

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The old Technicolor 20th Century Fox logo kick-starting this razzle-dazzle musical is enough of a hint that what follows will be a determinedly old-fashioned wallow in nostalgia, and be as gloriously fictionalised as all of those great biopics from Hollywood’s golden era.  Does it matter? Not one iota, as commercials director and visual-effects wizard Michael Gracey’s feature debut is aimed at providing pure musical entertainment of a sumptuous vintage we haven’t seen since the genre’s 1950s heyday.”  Radio Times

A sizzling explosion of colour, music and joie de vivre, The Greatest Showman is a toe-tapping, life enforcing celebration, reinforcing that ‘a man’s station is limited only by his imagination’. Armed with a winning smile and an abundance of talent, the ever-likeable Hugh Jackman is P.T. Barnum, the 19th century impresario who breaks boundaries as he follows his dreams and creates a circus of ‘freaks’ for those fascinated by the exotic and macabre. It’s a feel-good Hollywood fantasy that whisks us away to a world filled with song and dance, beneath which bubbles an undercurrent of discrimination and longing for acceptance. Admittedly there is little substance beneath the gloss, but nonetheless the film is a crowd pleaser, albeit constrained by its sleek studio shackles.”  Urban Cinefile

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