I never thought Hugh Jackman could actually sing and dance - although I know he played in Les Miserables - what a surprise!
I got so used to see him as Wolverine that I have never considered other possibilities... Well, it's good to see him in a different and more human role. The story is very simple, however, it explores current wide themes, such as the concept of "different" as "special", social discrimination and equal opportunities.
"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else"
(Phineas Taylor Barnum)
The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The cast includes Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
The role played by Michelle Williams doesn't convince me. It may be because I like strong and independent female characters and Charity Barnum has none of these qualities. However, towards the end, she seems to regain a bit of self-respect.
The music tracks - created by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) - are really infectious, but texts are a bit simplistic. I have been listening to "This is Me" and "The Greatest Show" for at least a week after watching the movie.
As a performing arts lover, I enjoyed the circus stunts and dance choreographies, although they could have been more elaborated.
The Greatest Showman is now available on Sky Store