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The Greatest Showman

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 2017
  • Michael Gracey
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

Musical drama based on a true story, starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Would-be impresario PT Barnum throws every penny into opening a freak show. But he aspires to greater cultural acceptance, and his ambition could jeopardise more than his business.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Take everything in this fictionialised biopic of circus inventor PT Barnum (Hugh Jackman) with a pinch of salt and you'll love the glitz, glamour and glow of an all-singing, all-dancing original movie musical in the grand old Hollywood tradition. As the self-confessed Prince of Humbug goes from marrying his childhood sweetheart (Michelle Williams) and redundancy to fame and fortune thanks to the popularity of his big top "Freak Show", La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's songs provide the melodic counterpoint to extravagantly staged routines overloaded with cascades of camp, yet unmatched in their vitality and exuberance. Jackman is a superb ringmaster with Zac Efron (as Barnum's showbiz partner) and Rebecca Ferguson (as Jenny Lind, "The Swedish Nightingale") providing top-notch support. Lind's power-ballad showstopper Never Enough is the musical highlight in debut director Michael Gracey's visually resplendent and lavish spectacle that skips the light fantastic with fabulous élan.

Credits

Cast

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PT BarnumHugh Jackman
Phillip CarlyleZac Efron
Charity BarnumMichelle Williams
Jenny LindRebecca Ferguson
Anne WheelerZendaya
Lettie LutzKeala Settle
WD WheelerYahya Abdul-Mateen II
Tom ThumbSam Humphrey
James Gordon BennettPaul Sparks
Queen VictoriaGayle Rankin

Crew

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DirectorMichael Gracey

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2017-12-26
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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