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 The Greatest Showman 

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 The Greatest Showman 
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The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American period musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, and Zendaya. The film is inspired by the story of how P. T. Barnum started the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the lives of its attractions.


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I thought this was so cute. This is unabashedly a musical made for Broadway fans and cynics are going to hate it. It's old fashioned, sweet and perfect for the holidays. The songs are insanely catchy and I've had them in my head for days. Hugh, Zac and Zendaya were the standouts of the cast for me. All three were excellent. It's just a fun time at the movies and I don't think it aspires to be anything more. A-


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The Greatest Showman is an old school musical. It actually has a song ( A Million Dreams) that I can remember and hum afterwards - very rare in my recent experience. The Jenny Lind song (Never Enough) was also good, though sounded like a 90's power pop ballad not at all appropriate to the film's era or Lind's oeuvre. The rest of the songs were more generic Broadway show tunes.

The story was a severely compressed biography of PT Barnum, which I found a little unsatisfying - I guess I'll just have to wait for a big screen full biopic. I also found the freak-positive messaging rather grating, repetitive, and sycophantic to the current trend. Also, any intended period interracial controversy was blunted by having Zendaya being barely one shade darker than Zac Efron.

Of course, I can let a lot of these quibbles go just from the pure pleasure of watching Hugh Jackman perform in a proper musical to cleanse my palate from the bitter taste of his glowering through this year's disappointing Logan. *A-*


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An eager-to-please, lavishly mounted piece of cinematic escapism. I submitted to the FEEL-GOOD-DAMN-YOU! machinery and enjoyed myself for the most part. Just push aside any idea of it being a P. T. Barnum biopic; "sanitized" is hardly a strong enough word when weighing this family-friendly, virtue-signaling, 2017-infused extravaganza against the actual legacy of a cunning 19th-century capitalist who exploited animals, people with disabilities, etc., once even allowing the public to pay to see an elderly, blind African American woman's autopsy. It is almost a shame the protagonist is not an entirely fictional character, in fact, because the title more aptly describes star Hugh Jackman. An absurd, glamorous, tightly choreographed pop ode to his megawatt charisma and stage-honed song-and-dance prowess is most welcome.

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Watchable but kinda flat and forgettable.


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The soundtrack is insanely addicting. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since I saw this.


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Cute, fluffy and old-fashioned. The songs are quite good. But I dare you to name a character in the circus that isn’t played by Zendaya without first going to IMDb. If the movie is about the marginalized finally getting a voice (among other things), that’s kind of a problem. And it’s not like the movie is too long - it’s 97 minutes - a little more circus folk could’ve helped. Maybe even a little more Barnum? The movie just kind of glosses over his entire upbringing in one song. It’s done well, but his payoff at the end is a little dulled by it.

It’s good, but a 127 minutes cut could’ve been really good. Or maybe that cut exists and it was deleted for a reason.

Yet the movie is somehow irresistible despite all of this.

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Tthe songs are fine, it's just I didn't really care about anyone in the movie. The Zac Efron/Zendaya romance is so underbaked because I know nothing about them.

And if they wanted to be more spectacle than character... sure needed more spectacle.


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Maybe cause i saw it with my family and we all were in a good mood, but I quite enjoyed it. It’s not historically accurate and all the dramatic moments feel mostly empty....but the songs are pretty damn good, the choreography is fun, and it’s so whinisical that it never drags.

Solid family holiday entertainment.

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This was awesome! I loved just about every minute of it. The musical numbers were fantastic; I wanted to applaud after each one. The best performances are from Williams and Ferguson, who I must say looked just ravishing in this. Zendaya looked gorgeous too, but her character as well as Efron could have used more development. Maybe a solo song? Way better than La La Land, I wish this were getting more attention.

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Way better than La La Land


You lie :P. Not possible. But I'll see when I eventually check out the film.

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The songs are earworms. They were stupid to submit "This Is Me'" for awards though - "Rewrite The Stars" is clearly the movie's best song and best scene.


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Nah. "This Is Me" is clearly the song. Not necessarily my favorite (I prefer the opening number), but still.

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I love "The Greatest Show," "Rewrite The Stars," "From Now On," "Tightrope" and "The Other Side." Those are the ones I've had on repeat since seeing this. "A Million Dreams" is delightful too. I prefer the Kesha version of "This Is Me" to the film version. I could take it or leave it with "Never Enough" and "Come Alive"


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Rebecca’s performance during Never Enough makes the song, which is crazy considering she’s dubbed. The song is catchy but in a slightly obnoxious type of way.

There’s no song I dislike.

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“This Is Me” definitely has a “we’re writing this song to win a Fucking Oscar” vibe.

Oh and the boy who plays young Barnum was way too old for the voice they had dubbing him. He looked 11 or 12 but A Million Dreams sounded like a little kid singing

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It was the first song they wrote for the movie and Hugh's been performing it for years now. I am not surprised that's what they are going with. I just find "Rewrite The Stars" a thousand times more infectious. Also, the Oscar performance would have been cooler.


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Kesha is gonna get that Oscar performance

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I’d hope they’d let the films cast perform.

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Kesha's This is Us is still the best thing to come out of thi

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I just rewatched the screener of this movie today. I :wub2: it. It's not a perfect film but it's so warm and feel-good.

"Rewrite The Stars" is just movie magic.


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I just rewatched the screener of this movie today. I :wub2: it. It's not a perfect film but it's so warm and feel-good.

"Rewrite The Stars" is just movie magic.


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Absolutely loved this movie. Saw in with the whole family and my kids sang the songs the whole way home. Went it with low expectations because I'm not really a big musical fan and this turned me around from the get go. This is what going to the movies is all about. Probably tied with Coco as my favorite movie of the past year.

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

I liked this movie. I was interested from start to finish. The music is definitely the highlight along with the musical performances in the film. I thought Hugh Jackman was great. The bearded lady was excellent. I like that Michelle Williams was (i assume) also singing. Not much more I can add other than I was entertained.

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The only one who didn't perform their own vocals was Rebecca Ferguson. Michelle was on Broadway before and it is her singing voice here.


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