My First Review on Mark’s Movie Reviews-The Greatest Showman

Welcome to my new blog. Instead of putting my reviews on Facebook, I am going to use this site. It’s a great way to end 2017 and start the new year. Here goes.

Last night I saw “The Greatest Showman” which is a highly fictionalized story of P.T. Barnum. The main criticism about the film is that it takes liberties with the true story.  Yes, much of the plot is made up. If you want historical accuracy, go see “The Darkest Hour”. This is a film that reminded me of those made in the heyday of the MGM musicals. Light, entertaining and the musical numbers are inspired.

The film stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron who are back in a musical again. The supporting cast is made up of the people who society deemed not normal, like Tom Thumb and the bearded lady. The songs are by the same team that did “La La Land” last year and are even better. And the production numbers are big and fun.

This is not a film that will win Best Picture, but it is entertaining, beautifully done and magical. If you’re looking for reality and drama, stay away. On the other hand, if you are in the mood for a film that will make you smile and hum some tunes, go see it.

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