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The Greatest Showman Review (2017) | Celebrating Show Business

The Greatest Showman is a musical feat. A movie that celebrates exactly what its name suggests – the life of P. T. Barnum slapped on a grandeur of musical awesomeness. If you are averse to contemporary music it might bother you a little bit, probably because the movie uses it everywhere. It’s built on hope which often separates the reality away giving you a rather vague insight into the life of Barnum that apparently had much more going. But if life were all about looking up, The Greatest Showman stands out hands down.

The Greatest Showman is quite entertaining and it will actually make you feel good when you come out of the theatre. There is more to it than it just being about a dreamer who took a bold and different route to success. The pioneer of showbusiness P. T. Barnum helped one see past their insecurities and turned it into something celebratory. It is a feat that’s great per se. The movie frolicks around on highs and lows to show us there’s no stopping someone who is convinced of his idea of success. Very satisfying!

The noblest art is that of making others happy.

The flick is brimming with energy. You can’t help yourself sway whenever a beat drops. When you talk about its choreography, it’s brilliantly done too, everything gorgeously arrayed that puts you right up there beaming you up with exhilaration.

The Greatest Showman Theme

The storyline is basically a biopic that tries to place Barnum in 1 hour and 45 minutes of screentime. It showcases him coming from nothing, becoming something and then struggling to hold on to it. There are ups and downs that often leave him ecstatic and shattered. It glances into his life often trying to skim how he had become a puppet to societal stratification. But the joyful thing to mark is that he smiles through it all.

The Greatest Showman Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman plays Barnum impeccably making him this powerful hopeful being who inspires everybody to come out of the closet and overcome personal deficiencies turning them into their strength. Even though one could debate about his motive not being entirely generous, Barnum saw something that people failed to see. He somehow managed to turn it into a profession breaking barriers of human capabilities.

No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.

Here’s a list of all the songs from The Greatest Showman:

  1. The Greatest Show
  2. The Other Side
  3. A Million Dreams
  4. Never Enough
  5. Tightrope
  6. This is Me
  7. From Now On
  8. Come Alive
  9. Rewrite the Stars

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Hugh Jackman does justice to the legend and shines in the spotlight. Even though his Barnum feels too hopeful to be taken seriously, he fares great for a musical. His acting remains top-notch nevertheless.

Hyperbole isn’t the worst crime. Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.

The screenplay of the flick is brilliant. There are plenty of great lines in it that will compel you to marvel at its beautiful play of words.

Downsides

If you take a look at the downsides of The Greatest Showman, there were plenty. To begin with, the flick felt fabricated on a contemporary musical style, which is something that takes your attention away from its lyrical juices. You can’t help but wish a piano or a violin to play when the mood is glum, but that rarely happens. There’s no way you could put it up against the likes of La La Land. It doesn’t tear you apart. Emotions in it don’t leave you hollow.

Another one of those things that nagged a little bit was the content of the circus. There’s no way the audience came just to watch the crew perform on songs. Songs felt more like fillers as if Michael Gracey the director couldn’t think of a better alternative to it. I don’t know like a humorous play or dramatic theatricalization could have at least filled it with some substance. It’s not the only thing you come to see in a circus.

They are laughing anyway, kid, so you might as well get paid.

There were a lot of things that were a little hard to digest too. But the movie shines out despite its issues.

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The Final Verdict

The Greatest Showman entertains you thus accomplishing what it was trying to. It isn’t emotionally spell-binding but it still is something when you try to sieve through the entertainment department. It’s grand and extravagant. The detailing, the costume are all painstakingly created and you can tell that by the way, it impresses you.

The story The Greatest Showman tells is pretty good. It fills you up with hope, that you too have a chance to do something out of the ordinary and maybe inspire others from your action. That world is a crooked place but you have to make the most of it. There are countless messages to take from the flick.

Although a musical might not do a person justice, it sure as hell tells a story that puts a smile on your face.

La La Land Review (2016) | An Exhilarating Dramatic Musical for Dreamers

If there’s a definition of astounding in your head, then La La Land simply surpasses it. It’s literally spellbinding! And we aren’t only going by the story here. The music, the setup, the acting, the metaphor, the screenplay, the editing, the choreography, everything has been given ample thought and scrutiny before the actual execution. And you can expect only a genius like Damien Chazelle to ace everything to perfection.

Theme of La La Land Movie

La La Land carries that quintessential dream every dreamer has. It is about not giving up even when the whole universe seems to be plotting against you. The flick is about following your dreams till the end, about you being willing to take risks and make colossal sacrifices to reach there. It being a musical is often sprinkled with gorgeous songs that are well executed and complemented by Justin Hurwitz‘s stunning compositions. Even whilst you listen to the Jazz play, you can’t help but time travel two years ago when Whiplash had showed up. Amazing exhilarating music!

image of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as Sebastian and Mia in La la land movie

Fascinating Drama (Spoilers Ahead)

La La Land will rip you apart, tear you down to a million pieces. It is so profound that it touches just the right chords. And it does so by its genteel build-up. There is that thrill of a growing relationship, the perfection that seems to have been made in the stars. It goes on like that, reflecting life, and when you are least prepared, it drops the real bomb on you. Climax becomes havocking all of a sudden. It leaves you grieving, forcing you to feel its pious pain. It ends up talking to your cheeks with those teary beads.

This is the dream! It’s conflict and it’s compromise. It’s very, very exciting!

It is when you listen to Ryan Gosling play his song “City of Stars” on the piano for the first time, that you understand the level of uprooting music La La Land packs in. It is sad, profound, soothing, and in a way really satisfying to listen.

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His character Sebastian‘s way of re-imagining a life with Mia played stunningly by Emma Stone is what gives the movie a gloomy punch. It is the most nerve-racking moment of the movie. You feel the sudden gush of emotions burst all dams when you realize Sebastian wished everything undone, unwritten and then rewritten in his memories with Mia in it. I ended up in tears. It’s really that profound.

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The Chemistry

Whilst there are movies that skip the chemistry to feast its plot, we get served a perfect one here. Both Sebastian and Mia create such a beautiful world that you forever stay on their high. There are metaphors galore that Chazelle uses via his songs. Like the time when they start flying in the air, even though they were actually sitting. They dance their way into the stars and cross galaxies together. It leaves things for viewer’s imagination, and it hits just the spot.

Ryan Gosling simply steals the show. There is something about him that captivates you almost instantly. You feel his pang, if he is sad. You feel his vibes when he is happy. Even when there is nothing to show but sarcasm, you feel him there too. He brings that uncontrived flair to his work that is just remarkable! When you watch him go psyched about Jazz, he makes you reflect on things that you have been passionate about all this time too.

You could just write your own rules. You know write something, that’s as interesting as you are.

Emma Stone is an equally great performer. Twice does she go into that full-blown acting mode, whilst giving those powerful auditions. The aura that she retains and the energy that binds her makes you want to give her a standing ovation every time she slithers into that mode. With that you just know the casting for La La Land was done perfectly.

The Final Verdict

La La Land deserves all the accolades! It is a movie that makes you want to retrace your dreams, inspires you to go after them. It’s romance acknowledges that perfect key that awaits your lock. It shatters you to pieces when it tries to showcase unfulfilled possibilities. Musical lover or not, it is a movie that needs to be immediately seen. Grab some tissues before watching this beauty of a movie.