The Greatest Showman is the musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey and written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. The film is inspired by the true story of P. T. Barnum’s imagination and his efforts to make it happen in the form of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The film follows the life of P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), from being a son of a poor tailor father, a homeless orphan after his father’s death, struggling kid who gets a job as a clerk at a shipping company, keeping in touch through letters with the love of his life Charity (Michelle Williams) until they meet again in adulthood, gets married and parenting two children. Just this much part feels like the whole single movie, but it is actually a setup through which film goes in a really heartfelt and beautiful musical “A Million Dreams”. The actual film starts after this introductory segment, where after losing his job at a shipping company, Barnum who always dreams of more, wanting to offer Charity a life of wealth and comfort as he promised to her, takes a risky bet on an idea of forming a Circus of unique personalities. Rest of the film focuses on the extraordinary life of Burman Burman as the greatest showman world has ever seen, and the lives of its star attractions, them forming a bond of a family through love and friendship and leaving their mark in the history.
The film has a heart, the characters are compelling and believable, and overall the film is entertaining enough to drag audience into it. The performance of Hugh Jackman is one of his best and his presence on screen is delightful. The musicals are pleasing and actually tells the story and keep it moving. At some places, the film moves very fast but does its work honestly delivering a joyful story.
Verdict : A must watch, an inspiring musical drama film.
Rating : 4.2/5