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szdaily -> Culture -> 
The Greatest Showman
    2018-01-03  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

This film is an old-fashioned cornball* PG musical. It takes the life of P.T. Barnum, the anything-goes circus impresario* of the 1800s, who is played by Hugh Jackman, and turns him into a kind master who invented the spirit of modern showbiz. At the same time, the film takes Barnum’s believe-it-or-not attractions — Tom Thumb, Dog Boy, Tattoo Man, the Bearded Lady — and makes them over into sensitive outcasts*.

The first song, “The Greatest Show,” breaks off after about a minute, leaving us eager for more stage wonder. The movie then flashes back* to the 1820s, when Phineas Taylor Barnum is just a kid (Ellis Rubin), traveling to rich people’s houses along with his tailor father. At the snobby* home of the Halletts (Frederic Lehne and Kathryn Meisle), Phineas meets their daughter, Charity (Skylar Dunn), and the soaring duet* “A Million Dreams” establishes the film as one of those movies in which a couple fall in love as children.

Phineas grows up into P.T. Barnum (Jackman), who woos* Charity (Michelle Williams) over the objections* of her father.

The couple soon has two daughters (Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely), and Barnum’s fantasy is a kind of trifecta*: He wants to provide for his family, he wants to repay the love of the wife he lured into poverty and he wants to do something that no one has done before.

Eagerly, with his eyes on the prize, Barnum lines up his fabulous freaks: a 500-pound man, who he will bill as a 750-pound man, dubbing him the Irish Giant. A 22-year-old dwarf known as Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey), whom he dresses as Napoleon on a horse. And Lettie Lutz (Keala Settle), the Bearded Lady. Barnum convinces these people to join his circus, housed in a building in Manhattan.

Barnum hires, as a right-hand man, a rich-kid playwright, Phillip Caryle (Zac Efron), who quickly falls in love with the black trapeze* artist Anne Wheeler (Zendaya). Efron and Zendaya have a terrific chemistry. But it’s Barnum’s wandering eye that drives the film’s conflict.

During a visit to Queen Victoria, he meets the celebrated Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson), and he’s captivated* by her voice. Has Barnum fallen in love? A little bit, yet he remains faithful to his wife.

(SD-Agencies)

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