|Directed by||:||Michael Gracey||Produced by||:||Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping||Story by||:||Jenny Bicks||Starring||:||Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya||Production company||:||Chernin Entertainment, Seed Productions, Laurence Mark Productions, TSG Entertainment||Country||:||United States|
Fairly entertaining musical ‘The Greatest Showman’ weighed down by its music | Movie review
Because it feels so at odds with itself at times, “The Greatest Showman” is a far cry from the greatest show on earth — or even of this movie season.
The biographical musical about 1800s circus pioneer P.T. Barnum wants to be two different things from its opening moments, when vintage title graphics that give a sense of the story’s setting are blended with the type of irritatingly contemporary music that will permeate the film. That kind of marriage can work well, but it doesn’t here.
However, even with a collection of songs seemingly more designed to appeal to younger tastes than to be, you know, actually memorable, “The Greatest Showman” crosses its Ts and dots its Is and ultimately is a relatively enjoyable movie-going experience.
Hugh Jackman, no stranger to stage musicals and musical films — he starred in 2012’s big-screen “Les Miserables” — portrays the great showman, although we first meet Phineas Taylor Barnum as a poor boy (Ellis Rubin), the son of a tailor. At the home of a wealthy family, Phineas meets a young girl, Charity (Skylar Dunn), and laughs while she’s supposed to be practicing how to drink tea like a proper lady.