Rent The Greatest Showman (2017)

3.5 of 5 from 987 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle.
Actors:
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Directors:
Michael Gracey
Producers:
Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping
Voiced By:
James Babson
Writers:
Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
Others:
Justin Paul, Benj Pasek
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Top 100 Films, Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2018
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Family Behind 'The Greatest Showman'
  • The Spectacle
  • Music Machine with Singalong
  • Director's Audio Commentary
  • Stills Galleries
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2018
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Family Behind 'The Greatest Showman'
  • The Spectacle
  • Music Machine with Singalong
  • Director's Audio Commentary
  • Stills Galleries
  • The Songs
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2018
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Family Behind 'The Greatest Showman'
  • The Spectacle
  • Music Machine with Singalong
  • Director's Audio Commentary
  • Stills Galleries
  • The Songs
  • And More!

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Reviews (15) of The Greatest Showman

Poor mans Moulin Rogue - The Greatest Showman review by JD

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18/05/2018

I had been really looking forward to seeing this movie after the critics pannned it but audiences seemed to love it.

Hugh Jackman was good, but I did not warm to the songs and the special effects were not up to modern standards.

Very disappointed .

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Just didn't work - The Greatest Showman review by DH

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21/05/2018

Really and truly wanted to love this as I am a fan of musical theatre but it simply doesn't work. It has none of the magic of the Baz Luhrmann inspired musicals of recent times. Hugh is adequate but not charismatic as you feel he should be. Zac Efron sleep walks his way through it. I've read that the music is catchy and makes you want to return to watch time and time again. We switched off and could not remember a single tune.

This is me I recall being a good number in the film but no idea how it goes now.

It will appeal to some I'm sure but it left us cold not helped by the inaccuracies of this film vs the true story of PT Barnum.

Disappointed!

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

excellent - The Greatest Showman review by SC

Spoiler Alert
20/07/2018

wife wanted to watch this so I threw it on nor expecting too much as my best musical is the wiz of oz. it gave me goosebumps it was brilliant one of the best entertaining films I've seen in recent times. give it a go it surprised me.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Greatest Showman review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The P.T. Barnum musical aims to sucker the audience in with a display as flashy as the showman’s circus. There’s decadent staging, a toothy Hugh Jackman, and catchy songs by the lyric writers of La La Land. Perhaps it was a poor choice in marketing to slap the La La Land association on the poster. While that musical did a brilliant job infusing classic Hollywood style with an invigorating jazz taste, The Greatest Showman felt as little more than a standard score with music built for pop radio than defining any particular style all its own.

Jackman plays Barnum in a manner that celebrates his legacy rather than shines a harsher light. Any drama from Barnum’s questionable practices of forming a sideshow of freaks, being terrible with money, and potentially cheating on his wife is sugared and watered down for a pleasant PG rating. After all, if we were to focus too hard on his more disgusting aspects of showcasing fresh corpses, we couldn’t enjoy his charming and lavishing songs about putting on the greatest show.

But let’s be fair with the musical numbers themselves. Yes, many of them are well-staged and presented choreography that is always fast and detailed. The best scene by far is of Barnum negotiating with playwright Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) at the bar, their musical conversation turning into a dance of drinks being slung and tossed across the bar. Some are more elaborate, as when Carlyle and the acrobat Anne (Zendaya) share a romantic melody amid twirling on ropes. And some are fairly simple with Swedish singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) delivering a beautifully sung opera performance, despite her song sounding more akin to a Disney fantasy than a tune of the era.

Maybe I’m seeking too much out of a P.T. Barnum musical but there’s an artificiality to its sappy spectacle that just didn’t win me over, shooing away any deeper examination of his character. This fault is most prominent with the oddities he assembles for his show. He sells them on being the stars but will quickly push them aside when fancier parties are calling. What is the response of the bearded women and differently-sized attractions when Barnum denies their entrance into a party? They sing it off, waltzing back to the stage with the song “This Is Me” without raising a fury with Barnum. How could anyone hate Barnum in this musical that portrays him as nothing less than a beautiful dreamer?

It’s a frustrating experience to watch as the film bobs and weaves past any darkness that may sour its whimsy. Barnum has a bitter relationship with his in-laws that leads him to throw his wealth in their face. Cut away before he breaks down in an emotional huff. Barnum has a big problem with spending money he doesn’t have. Cut away before we start questioning his unsound means of building up his finances. He spends an awful lot of time on the road, neglecting his family. Quick; cut to him riding an elephant home for his kids!

While I can’t deny that The Greatest Showman boasts some solid musical numbers, it never rises past a typical glaze of Hollywood wonder on a showy biopic. The enjoyment depends entirely on how much you can distance yourself from Barnum’s life and be swept up in the spectacle of it all for the music, costumes, and charms of Jackman and Effron. I guess I’m just not one of those suckers born every minute.

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