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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.

Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising Review (2016) | Inane and Absurd Fun

Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising or Bad Neighbours 2 is no doubt funny, but is brimming with gross jests. The movie seems more of a sad attempt at a sequel trying to justify its original theme. Alas! it walks in with an insipid and pointless plot. Also, despite the natural fun flair, there is that textbook coarseness lurking too, that Seth Rogen‘s movies are usually never without.

Plot of Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising

The story-line seems like a deliberate attempt to justify the original theme of the movie – Bad Neighbours. It’s like since they couldn’t bring the already placed Zac Efron‘s Teddy Sanders into the tale, a plan was concocted to introduce him somehow. And then there he is, scooched in with a chafed entry, evident with the limited stuff he is provided with. A story so implausible, stupid and dumb that you cannot accept it ever for a real thing.

still of seth rogen and rose byrne in bad neighbors 2 sorority rising movie

Mac and Kelly are trying to sell their house, but to their surprise, Shelby played by Chloe Grace Moretz has moved in the neighbourhood with two of her friends in order to start their own sorority. Now, they find a potential buyer but the house goes in the escrow period, meaning the Radners have to ensure the neighborhood doesn’t scare them away. Thus begins the attempt to scare off the teens and stop them from organizing loud parties. The counter attack is equally punishing for the Radners, so much that they end up befriending their old nemesis Teddy. So ensues the same pointless endless charade of trying to fight off each other to hold the fort.

What works at times

Despite an unrealistic setup, that seems a tad forced, the only thing working for the movie is the cast’s perfect comic timing. That includes Rose Byrne who reprises her role as Kelly Radner, the comedy king Seth Rogen himself, Zac Efron and the literal clown Ike Barinholtz who plays Jimmy yet again.

Nicholas Stoller ensures there is little of everything. By that he does give everyone an opportunity to showcase their comic talents. Lisa Kudrow finds herself yet another cameo as Dean Carol Gladstone. He tries to squeeze in Dave Franco too so that he has something to do. Even though the latter was a sub-plot that seemed like the most dispensable element.

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The Final Verdict

Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising rampages past many crucial sanity lawns in an attempt to tickle you. At times it becomes outright dumb, while at times it cracks you up and throws you into fits of laughter. It is a brainless comedy and can be watched if you are feeling a little low and need something hilarious to cheer you up.

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