The Greatest Showman (2017) – Encore Review 3


“Mr Bennett, when was the last time you smiled? Or had a good laugh? A real laugh. A theater critic who can’t find joy in the theater. Now who is the fraud?” – PT Barnum

Number of Times Seen – 4 (4 Mar 2018, 2 May 2018 and 16 Oct 2018 and 7 Jul 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A young boy who dreams of finding a way to entertain the masses does all he can to make his dreams and the dreams of everyone else come true.

My Take on it – This is a film that I fell in love with the first time I saw it and have enjoyed it more and more each subsequent time that I’ve seen it.

I love the way that they are able to integrate music into a story like this that has such a powerful premise and message that resonates throughout.

Hugh Jackman is perfectly cast in the title role and once again proves how great an actor he can be no matter the genre.

The film’s premise is twofold since it deals with how people need to see others for who they truly are beneath the surface and not just by how they look.

It also deals with how one perceives themselves in the same kind of circumstances since everyone needs to act and be true to themselves no matter how afraid one may be in letting others see the real them because of how they will be accepted.

The songs in this film are superb and they resonate throughout the film and for days or weeks afterwards.

I can listen to these songs over and over and never get tired of them because they are so inspirational and flow so amazingly.

There have been many complaints about the fact that this film deviates from the true story of P.T. Barnum’s life yet it still is able to work on so many levels despite this.

This movie is filled with amazing choreography that is done spectacularly throughout and it is so enjoyable watching the way that it helps the story itself unfold.

In addition to Jackman, this film has a stellar supporting cast.

Zak Efron, Zendaya and and Michelle Williams all stand out among the rest.

This is one of the best films of 2017, if not THE very best that came out and it’s unfortunate that it didn’t get more accolades at the award ceremonies that year.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to integrate music into such a powerful premise. Jackman is superb in the title role and once again shows how great an actor he can be especially in this genre. The film’s premise about not judging people solely by the way they look is quite apparent throughout and works really well here. It also deals with how people view themselves and how one shouldn’t be afraid to show their real, true self even if it will be difficult for others to accept. The songs are superb and it’s so hard not to want to hear them over and over because they flow so near perfectly. This movie might not tell the story of Barnum exactly as it happened in real life, but it still works on so many levels. The choreography of the film is done spectacularly and everything looks so amazing to watch unfold.  In addition to Jackman, the supporting cast is also great, most notable Efron, Zendaya and Williams. One of the best films of 2017, if not THE best. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In reality, P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb met Queen Victoria, but the rest of Barnum’s performers did not. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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