Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
❌ the review might contain spoilers
Without a single penny in his pocket, but with a mind full of imagination and determination, P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) is ready to transcend his condition and climb a few steps on the social staircase. He opens his own circus and employs a bunch of remarkable artists, or how some disagreeing townspeople would call them - "freaks." The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey, intends to break barriers and show the world that everyone is equal and that those pushed in the shadows usually shine the brightest.
My favorite part about the movie was its musical moments. The catchy rhythm, paired with attention-grabbing sequences, makes you forget about the rather weak plot. Jackman truly is the showman of the movie, as his charisma saves some otherwise unimpressive scenes.
Seeing Zac Efron perform sent me down memory lane to a darker phase in my life that I'm sure many of us went through... The High School Musical phase. I'm kidding, HSM is iconic, fight me (pls don't). The romance between him and Zendaya was pushed too hard, imo. There is nothing substantial to it; it feels shallow. Speaking of Zendaya, the close-ups on her during the dance moments were cringe and unnecessary. We get it, she's in the movie too, but instead of zooming in on her and completely ignoring the rest of the cast, how about you develop that relationship with Mr. Efron? Thank you.
Overall, the movie is quite enjoyable (especially if you have low expectations) and it's exactly what you need if you're looking for entertainment.
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