I sincerely apologize in advance…
The Film Itself
Well I’d been avoiding this for awhile because a lot of the people I love LOVE this movie and I knew I would never love it as much as them or at least my loved ones wouldn’t appreciate my inevitable critiques. Unfortunately, it was worse than I expected.
Honestly, I’d sum this movie up as a series of music videos interspliced with scenes explaining the music videos. I could hardly follow the plot. Why is he a fake? What is Hugh Jackman’s goal at literally any point in this movie? I know that he’s doing something wrong but I really don’t know what.
Plus why would anyone make a movie about P.T. Barnum? From what I’ve heard he’s a horrible person. I would understand if they wanted to make a cool-looking musical about carnies or if they wanted to make a movie about being different, but it did neither of these effectively. I love Hugh Jackman but this is way too ego-centric of a nine year dream. 1) The whole movie like glorifies PT Barnum, they try to make him the villain but don’t do it effectively and he doesn’t ever really redeem himself to the carnies (super sorry if that term is not PC, but the movie never made it clear what they should be called. Performers?) 2) The character is supposed to be like 20-30. Hugh Jackman is 49. 3) He personally selected the director who had only previously directed commercials and music videos, and it showed.
The dancing was amazing and I assume that the singing was really good but it was so hard to tell underneath all the autotuning. Not to mention the CGI.
I have a couple of friends who hate all musicals. They’re of the persuasion that it doesn’t make sense for people to just break out in song and that’s exactly what this is. People start randomly singing and dancing all the time and I never know what they’re singing about or why.
I don’t think I’ve thought about this movie once since I saw it except for when I got the songs stuck in my head, because I will admit that they are very catchy. I also do not understand why they chose to make it pop music. I guess the composers did it because PT Barnum was a “forward-thinker” (maybe but circuses are pretty much extinct now…) and it was supposed to be expressive of the characters’ emotions (traditional Broadway style is much more expressive in my opinion).
I wish I could have seen this in theaters and before all the hype. Maybe that would have helped…
I couldn’t find any good facts, but I did notice that the bearded lady shaved armpits but not her face which is DUMB.
God literally nothing stands out. I guess the dancing does?
I guess I would have to go with the bar scene with Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman becuase it felt so similar to Channing Tatum’s bar number in Hail Caesar but that was 100000x better.