|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|
‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’ (FEATURING ZENDAYA) JUMP STARTS HOLIDAY MOVIES
“The Greatest Showman” began the slew of holiday movies in grand style December 20th. It by far will leave audiences, young and old, with the infectious theme song “This Is Me” ringing in their heads, and a joyous bounce in their steps.
But then that’s what B.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was all about, entertaining crowds and making them smile. Just as important is the message in “Showman” about equality, racism, and bullying.
The film also stars Zendaya, whom Jackman refers to as one of this era’s greatest performers. Zac Efron (he risks his life to save Zendaya), Yahya Abdul–Mateen II (Zendaya’s brother), Michelle Williams, and Khasan Brailsford also stars.
Next best is “Molly’s Game.” with Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner, and Bill Camp that opens on Christmas Day. Elba is “Molly’s” lawyer in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut based on Molly Bloom’s memoir. Nicknamed the poker princess by tabloids, Bloom provided a poker den for the rich and famous until taken down by the government
Will Smith is back with “Bright” (12/22) for the holidays. It is a high action, sci fi with a message about diversity. But, it’s also hilarious. Directed by David Ayer, “Bright” follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Smith), a human and Jakoby an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.
Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to find a weapon everyone is ready to kill for. During that search, Smith overcomes his prejudices.