Movie: The Greatest Showman
Genre: Musical, Drama, Biography
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Run Time: 1h 45m
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson
Director: Michael Gracey
Reason We’re Watching It: Michael Gracey delivers some of the most stunning visuals to grace the silver screen with outlandish dance numbers that feature the full-on circus treatment, including elephants and tigers jumping through flaming hoops. The songs and score are catchy and stick in your brain like the trapeze artists stick to their hoops and silks. This is also a family friendly film for all ages, delivering solid entertainment that everyone can enjoy together.
What It’s About: “The Greatest Showman” is a biographical musical about P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and the beginning of show business. Barnum grows up a penniless child and becomes a self-made success thanks to the help of his family, business partner and the fantastical human oddities that fill his center stage each night. It’s a movie with heart, diversity, dreams and hardship.
Whoah! Rewind that!: There is a business meeting scene in a bar between Jackman and Efron that involves shots… lots and lots of shots! It’s as hilarious as it is mind blowing to watch these two drink, sing and dance at the same time. We’re hoping those shot glasses were digital, because if they weren’t… they must have broken thousands trying to slide them back and forth so perfectly.
Watercooler-Worthy Tidbit: Almost all of the performers in “The Greatest Showman” provided their own voices for each song… BUT perhaps even more impressive than singing, Zendaya did ALL of her own trapeze stunts in the film. Keep that in mind when you watch her flipping back and forth or twirling from the ceiling with nothing but a rope.
What? You want another cool factoid? Okay… Both Hugh Jackman and Zendaya have played characters in the Marvel universe!
And that’s why we’re giving it…