Review of The Greatest Showman
But his feel-good new film, The Greatest Showman, is where he truly gets to unleash his inner trouper, and he barely stops singing, dancing and flicking around a top hat from beginning to end.
One of the characters (Radu Spinghel’s O’Clancy) beats his fists up against the ceiling in time with the bass. It is a moment that catches your attention and holds it. This is also true for the dance number between Efron, Jackman and their very attentive bartender. They all three sync up so well that every scarf toss and glass slide hits every corresponding note. The intensity of scenes is revved up by the insane notice to movement details. Every time a dance number began, you could not help but get excited. The actors and dancers gave it their all. The acting by the entire cast was phenomenal. There are so many emotional scenes within this movie that it is hard not to get invested. The actors make it easy to lose yourself within the story. You believe in their hope and their pain. The acting makes you believe the characters’ stories are unfolding right before you. I had high hopes for Jackman, Efron, Zendaya and Williams going into this movie. However, I was pleasantly blown away by the children actors and all the other supporting characters. Settle’s Lettie broke my heart, but empowered me to be brave. W.D. Wheeler (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) made me believe that the sibling love between him and Zendaya was real. Sam Humphrey’s interpretation of Tom Thumb was sassy and had me cheering for him throughout the movie. All of them had me invested in their story lines and their relationships. They all fit so well together. This movie resurrected my love of movies. I had become disappointed with the humdrum of sequels, remakes and just downright awful motion pictures over the past couple of months. The Greatest Showman is unique, original and something I could watch repeatedly and never tire of it. I give this movie a 10/10 rating on the Alena scale of movie magic. You should not only see it once, but as many times as you can.
Many of the "acts" were fakes. Barnum actually didn't say the quote most associated with him ("There's a sucker born every minute") but he might as well have said it and his critics despised him for the assumption about popular entertainment and the regular folk who enjoy it. But in the film, Barnum, with a dazzling smile, explains to a skeptical journalist, "People come to my show for the pleasure of being hoodwinked." I was hoodwinked by "The Greatest Showman." And it was indeed a pleasure. Ringling Brothers may have closed up shop, but Barnum lives on.