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‘The Greatest Showman’ movie review

Is it the greatest show on Earth?

Grab some popcorn and get ready to hear about a new movie! (Photograph provided by Pexels)

Grab some popcorn and get ready to hear about a new movie! (Photograph provided by Pexels)

By Rylie Harrison | Contributor

“The Greatest Showman” tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the optimistic dreamer behind the Barnum and Bailey Circus, also known as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya.

I must say, as someone who is not a fan of musicals, I sincerely enjoyed this movie. The music was exceptional and all the dance numbers were beautiful to watch.

One aspect of the movie that stood out to me was the cinematography. This is a gorgeous film. The transitions are seamless. The director employs a lot of panning shots and camera tricks that bring the world to life without being distracting or disorienting.

As far as performances, Hugh Jackman once again delivers a fantastic performance. The character of P.T. Barnum required a level of charisma and joy to balance a troubled past and Jackman pulls it off flawlessly. Playing the role of Barnum’s apprentice and business partner, Phillip Carlyle, Zac Efron returns to his singing and dancing roots. As someone who was a huge “High School Musical” fan back in the day, it was great to see Efron return to form, and better than ever. Finally, Zendaya fills the role of Anne Wheeler, a trapeze artist who is part of a brother/sister duo. Her success post-Disney Channel has honestly surprised me and this film proved to me that she has some serious staying power.

It is notable to point out “The Greatest Showman” is first and foremost a movie meant for entertainment, not necessarily historical accuracy. Therefore, do not go into this movie expecting a biopic about the reality of Barnum’s life and show.
Overall, “The Greatest Showman” is a fun, light-hearted story about family, love, dreams and finding acceptance. The best way I can describe it is to say it is a feel-good movie that will leave a smile on your face. My only warning is that the music will make its home in your head and you will play the soundtrack on a loop for the next week.

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