TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - April 17, 2018
Chances are that if you have a wife, or a girlfriend, or a daughter or son who loves musicals, or a MoviePass, you saw The Greatest Showman. I tick off a bunch of those boxes, so I saw it. It was alright. Too earnest to actively hate, but too sappy to work as a solid piece of entertainment. It was basically La La Land all over again but with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Well, the good folks over at Screen Junkies more or less felt the same way, as proven by their Honest Trailer for the film.
The movie isn't so much a love letter to outcasts, or weirdos, or musicals, or circus folk. It's more of a love letter to Hugh Jackman. It's like a Hugh Jackman highlight reel. It plays like a Broadway show—and mark my words, it'll be one before long—and that's just fine. It's enjoyable, but as this Honest Trailer points out, P.T. Barnum is a weird dude to romanticize. He did a lot of dodgy shit, and as they encourage in the trailer, you should really look some of it up.
But nevermind all that, the flick is fun and the songs are catchy and who cares that he popularized the enslavement of animals when he's played by Hugh Jackman. Just look at him dance, isn't he marvelous?