Review: The Greatest Showman (2018)


The Greatest Showman reminded me of High School Musical. Not because Zac Efron is in it, but because it is as sugary and as sanitized as a Disney Channel movie musical. And I could hear my pretentious self, protesting. But I suppose I have always been susceptible to musicals. And to Hugh Jackman, who made for one hell of a show master. So, to quote P.T Barnum in the movie, I allowed myself the pleasure of being hoodwinked by The Greatest Showman. But you know what, I wasn’t really hoodwinked. Because the moment I saw the trailer, I knew I shouldn’t be sticking my nose up in the air, demanding for a historically accurate biography of the circus impresario, P.T. Barnum. So I expected nothing less but sugar and razzle dazzle from this movie. So my heart soared at every schmaltzy dialogue, at every unsubtle, very self-affirming song, and at every dance number extravaganza there is. And when Hugh Jackman showed up atop an elephant to pick up his kids and wife, I was like: Yeah, sure!  This absolutely makes sense! Why waste a perfectly good elephant?

The Greatest Showman made me smile despite its faults. And as it’s own anthem goes:

“Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me”

The Greatest Showman is unapologetic and passionate. So my advice is to come see this with an open mind, and just allow yourself to be swept up by the spectacle. And to Trust in Hugh Jackman.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

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