Full disclosure: I love musicals. Like, sing the music in the shower and around the house for days love them. I love them when they are good, and I love them when they are terrible. Luckily for movie goers this season, The Greatest Showman is one of the good ones. It follows the story of PT Barnum, the founder of the three ring circus, chronicles the ups and downs of his life, loves, and relationships.
The acting, the singing and the dancing in this movie were excellent. My only complaint about the music was that at at times it felt almost too produced. It felt like the characters were singing album worthy orchestrated numbers which took away a bit of the magic that is singing through life in a musical. It made me conscious of the fact that the music was for show, rather than a spontaneous outpouring of emotion. That said, it was still very good.
I do wish we had seen a bit more of the lives and motivations of the cast of "unique persons" Barnum put in his circus. They were all visually interesting, but it would have been nice to know more about them as human beings. But Barnum and his family were interesting enough, and it was gratifying to watch him grow and change as a person. Hugh Jackman played him well, but I was most entranced by Zac Efron. Efron belongs on stage singing and dancing, it seemed he was truly in his element.
Overall it's a fun flick with a great underlying message and some songs that will truly stick in your head long after the end credits.