Movie Review #3865 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
Expected a biopic but got a musical instead albeit a reasonably good one. Loosely based on the early experiences of Phineas Taylor (PT) Barnum and the establishing of his various entertainment enterprises.
Doesn't really stick to the facts but in keeping with the old adage of never letting the truth get in the way of a good story, we have Wolverine himself, Aussie Hugh Jackman prancing across stage and circus ring, accumulating his menagerie of oddities as he goes. As usual these folks carry hearts of gold despite their dispositions and on more than one occasion come to Barnum's rescue as he continues to suffer various setbacks.
Supportive but suffering wife Charity and two cutie pie daughters wait in the wings as PT diversifies his interests as impresario and philanthropist, following a sensational new vocalist across the USA before realising his folly.
Zac Efron shows up as a business partner who like the resident oddities bails Hughie boy out on more than one occasion.
Amusing up to a point and falls into the common trap with latter day musicals of too much music! Jackman is adequate as Barnum and Michelle Williams the same as Charity so no real standout performances.
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