Musicals are coming back in a big way, and none is more of a spectacle than the Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum and the film shows Barnum’s early years founding his famous circus. The film follows a pretty standard formula, but it offers up CGI heavy musical numbers that leave he audience tapping their feet and humming along. The music of this film is not the problem, though it could occasionally feel out of place. The problem lies in the trickery. P.T. Barnum was a notorious trickster, but his trickery wasn’t CGI, which in my opinion was relied on a little too heavily. The music and performances were great though and the overreliance of CGI shouldn’t deter viewers who like catchy numbers.
The film, though quite a spectacle, fell just shy of spectacular, but is still enjoyable and worth watching.
Definitely the kind of magic that the movies have missed on occasion and deserving of…
3.5 out of 5