There aren’t a lot of musicals with as much energy as The Great Showman, a movie that started to develop before La La Land came to reposition musicals within the film industry. As Hugh Jackman said in an interview, show business is living a “Golden Age” in which creators have more access than ever to the media to convey exciting stories like this one.
The Great Showman will thrill you especially through its music, an exceptional soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, repeating after the La La Land smash and generating a list of songs with a marvelous power. Accompanying Hugh Jackman there’s Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya amongst others in a musical that celebrates the birth of the entertainment industry at a time when quality entertainment didn’t reach the masses. It tells the story of Mr Barnum, a visionary showman and circus entrepreneur who emerged from nothing to create a show that became a worldwide sensation.
Losing his job as a clerk after the company he works for goes bankrupt Mr Barnum embarks on a colossal project: to create a great circus show. Eager to offer his wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and his two daughters the life that he always promised he looks for unique artists, from dwarfs to bearded women and tightrope walkers to join his new revolutionary show. His motto: No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
The music, the imagination, the staging, the colour, the magic and the choreography make The Greatest Showman an amazing and enjoyable movie beginning to end, especially for musical lovers. Sequences like the aerial duet of Zendaya and Zac Efron to the rhythm of Rewrite the Stars are priceless and Hugh Jackman giving it all in complex numbers full of artists like The Greatest Show will give you goosebumps. Long live the musicals!
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