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The Greatest Showman Review

The Greatest Showman review is now up and we have to thank 20th Century Fox Philippines for the invite. The film opens January 31 and stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Fergusson, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Directed by Michael Gracey.

The Greatest Showman Synopsis

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

There are films that are considered Spectacles and there are some films that are visually appealing without going through the spectacle. In the case of The Greatest Showman and this The Greatest Showman review, this film is a spectacle i.e. a visually striking performance or display.

Hugh Jackman plays the role of P.T. Barnum, the man who many claim coined the term “Showbusiness” as well as the man responsible for being quoted as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute”. This version of Barnum though is a cleaner version of the character. A bit upstanding but still with the same eyebrow-raising tactics nonetheless. He’s a well-meaning guy that only wants what’s good for his family!

Zac Efron and Zendaya also take the spotlight in a few scenes plus it tries to dive right in to themes such as interracial relationships in the time when racial prejudice is the norm.

The Greatest Showman’s true strength lies in the music they sprinkled all across the movie. Songs were written by La La Land’s composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. From the opening scene where it hits us and attracts us like the first time we encountered the circus…

Then there’s this powerful ballad in “This is Me”

Pretty much, the film’s a winner if we look at it solely on the merit of the musical numbers and sparkling visuals. Hands down this started my year right!

But the bad news is that the story’s non-existent. I can spoil the movie in a few lines and that’s it. The good news again? You won’t care. Because the movie’s filled with spectacle and glitter you’ll only need a barely moving story to herd us from start to finish!

The Greatest Showman Review – VERDICT

Amidst the weak plot, I am giving The Greatest Showman…


Fight me, I loved the spectacle and knew full well that I’m watching it for that and that alone. Lower your expectations and just enjoy the ride.

Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Philippines and Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines.

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