The music is there from the moment it starts, kind of like how La La Land did, and young PT Barnum clearly always wanted to be entertaining.
Growing up in poverty, wanting the love of a rich girl who he just couldn’t have, and when PT (Hugh Jackman) grew up he came back and swept her off her feet (Michelle Williams).
He takes up a loan to open a museum of things that people have never seen. Wax animals, stuffed figures, and magicians to name a few. But he needed a gimmick to get people in his doors…and then it hit him. He started small, really small…Tom Thumb in fact, a bearded lady, and trapeze artists, to name a few. And he turned them all into curiosities for people to come explore.
From NYC to a trip to Queen Victoria, and having the great singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) join the act.
A celebration of humanity.
First glance the movie seems a bit underwhelming, but once you sink in and appreciate the movie, it’s really enjoyable to learn the start of the modern circus. Meanwhile, this movie was clearly made for Broadway…or a big top.
Once you see it you’ll never be the same.
The movie is loaded with talent, beyond our main pairing, including Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Paul Sparks (House of Cards, The Crown).
On top of that, the soundtrack is top-notch, with This Is Me leading the way.
Everyone’s got an act.
Watching this made me miss the circus, and I’m glad I saw the last shows they had to offer. This movie gets an 8 out of 10.
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – PT Barnum