Thanks to the good reviews I saw here, i decided to watch this movie and it was the best decision I ever made! From start to finish this movie has been terrific and fun and emotional. I loved every minute of it. My family loved it. There's nothing to hate about this movie. It's the best! Worth every dime! Please watch it!
I have never written a movie review but I couldn't let this jewel of a movie be slammed by the cynical critics without saying how much I loved it. This was the perfect movie for our family on Christmas Day. Don't pay attention to the "professional" reviews; judge by the moviegoers who are praising the movie. It was moving, upbeat, and romantic. Can't say enough good things about it. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya are all so talented. Go see it in the theater to really appreciate how magical this movie is.
Sorry, critics, you got it wrong... (by autumnbeam-26651)
Ok, so I'm not a movie critic, and I'm sure they look at things differently than I do. I almost hesitated to see this movie because of the critic reviews, but I'm glad I went anyway. This movie is insanely good. The acting, original music, singing, and imagination is fantastic. Bravo to the cast, crew and Michael Gracey for putting together a phenomenally entertaining and captivating film. Don't listen to the critics, see this movie. This soundtrack will be on repeat in my car for MONTHS.
As Soon As It Was Over, I Wanted to See It Again (by hertl)
I love the circus. I love quality cinema. Not since Billy Rose's Jumbo 1962 has a motion picture so successfully combined these two elements. I wouldn't be surprised if it won the same awards as Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 . Michael Gracey skillfully brought together the best music, choreography, cast, cinematography, visual effects, costumes, and set decoration I have seen in recent years, all fresh and original, and integrated them into nothing short of a masterpiece.
Forget the critics just go have fun. (by cudaguy741)
I'm not much for musicals but love the history of the circus which we no longer have because of political correctness. Anyway I really enjoyed this movie. I'm sure historians can find fault and the dance numbers obviously are more in tune with these days than the early 1900's. My favorite Jackman part sorry Wolverine fantastic comic fans but he was very good. The whole cast was enjoyable and there is a nice message in the movie as well about accepting who you are and never mind the upper class snobs. Just go see it and enjoy!!!
Critics? Who cares, this was great! (by jenrose-67282)
A great toe-tapping show from start to finish that I could enjoy with my entire family. Hugh Jackman is brilliant and the consummate showman. Entertaining music and compelling story.
The Greatest Movie (by abbiekline)
This film was almost indescribable. This is a movie that raises your pulse and leads you to tap your feet, bob your head, mouth your new favorite song and even silently clap at the end of a Broadway-worthy performance. From the first few seconds of the opening scene, I was hooked. Hugh Jackman is a true star, and this film does not let the audience forget it. The taps of his foot and the ease of his movements, combined with his charismatic voice and dapper appearance, are almost mesmerizing. Zac Efron has the same effect on the audience, appealing especially to viewers under 30, and adds a <more>
likeability Bring in the rest of the circus squad, as well as the fun dancing of, yes, even Barnum's young daughters, and the film makes a viewer want to get up and dance. If I am being honest, I came home from the showing, found "The Greatest Show" and "This is Me" on Spotify, and attempted to recreate the dance pieces in my room. The music runs through your body and gives rhythm to the rhythmless. The music and dance are not the only parts of the show to be applauded; the storyline and delivery are gripping and memorable. Based on a true story, this film transports the audience into a time that is so distant and almost forgotten, but pulls on the heart and reminds viewers of the hardships of our predecessors and the ingenuity required to rise up from the bottom. This film is inspiring, aggravating, tear-jerking, passionate, and full of wonder. I could not help but have a smile on my face during most of the performances, sit on the edge of my seat during many scenes, and route for the good guys through it all. If you are looking to end your year with a BANG and find a new favorite movie for the next year, go out and watch The Greatest Movie. It is quite a show.
Forget the critics - Just enjoy the movie (by laconsulting-88228)
As usual, the critics fail to grasp the obvious. Does the movie entertain? Yes, it does. Absolutely. Sure, it may not match the real story, and many things are not based in reality, but that's the point! It's a movie! It is a fun musical, very well done and enjoyable.If it was a made up story about John G. Pigglestack, then the critics would have nothing to complain about. I actually likes this much better than La La Land. Guess it's more upbeat. Musicals are a rare breed. Enjoy them while you can.
Hugh Jackman Singing and Dancing. Need I say more? (by Her-Excellency)
I have watched this film approximately twenty or more times. That is in no way an exaggeration and I may be low-calling it. Sometimes, I just have it on in the background while I work out or in the morning or while getting ready for work or I play it while cooking in the evening. On a couple of occasions, I've even caught my boyfriend humming the tunes. To say the songs stick with you, is an understatement. In fact, we've listened and watched it so much, that on every 20th Century Fox Movie "opening" sequence on any and all other subsequent 20th Century Fox movies we've <more>
watched, I automatically think of this one, and I am half expecting to see and hear the "Ah, ah, ahhh, ahh ..." and Hugh Jackman with his low "Ladies and Gents . . . ". Besides having a catchy and moving soundtrack, the film itself is a wonder to look at. The cinematography is beautiful, the costumes are well-done, and again, come on: HUGH JACKMAN singing and dancing. What could be better? Well, for one, not better, but almost as great, is Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind. The lady is gorgeous, and while she actually doesn't sing her rendition of "Never Enough" Loren Allred does , the passion and zeal she brings to her onstage performance, is one for the books. I could literally and have replay that one scene over and over. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman also have a duet which is fun and witty and very creatively done. The only reason I did not give it a "10", is probably an unpopular view, and I know I will amass a hugh not a typo : number of thumbs down, but oh well: I did not care for Zendaya AT ALL. I think she was so very miscast. I do not think she looked pretty in the film although after filming, I saw her giving a couple of interviews and she looked beautiful ; I thought she had absolutely zero chemistry with Zac Efron; and lastly, both her acting and her voice are like chalk grating on a blackboard to me. I think Logan Browning would have been cuter in the role. That's just me though, although it did affect my thoughts on the film and my score.All in all, WATCH IT if you have not yet done so. It is beautiful to look at and a modern masterpiece to the ears.
Initially avoided this movie, but when I watched it I felt like an idiot. (by Brandon-Donlon)
To start off this review I'd like to say that before I ever watched this movie I had the opinion that it was going to be rubbish, solely because of how blown up the movie was. Everywhere I went it was "The Greatest Showman". I thought that perhaps it would be a mediocre film at best, blown out of proportion by a craze.Boy was I wrong. Even at the beginning of the movie you are thrown straight into the extravagance of what the movie was about to become. What is basically the story of a simple man becoming a legend in the show-business, is the most flamboyant and breath-taken <more>
musical movie I've seen. The soundtrack for this movie is beyond brilliant. Having been impressed by Hugh Jackman's vocals in Les Miserable I was not surprised he pulls it out of the bag in this movie yet again. But Zac Efron really stood out in this movie and that truly surprised me.When you finish this movie you will have the great songs stuck in your head, and you will be fully satisfied having finished the movie, your next plan will likely be getting the soundtrack and reliving the magic all over again.