"A sucker is born every minute".
I love hugh jackman, I really do. But it just galls me how he overlooks the greatest problem with this movie he starred in.
This movie glosses over the pure vileness of what P.T Barnum was, how he treated other human beings and animals was repulsive. If he was alive today P.T Barnum would be called a modern day hitler.
But this movie portrays him as a charming character with a couple of flaws but ones that can be worked out with a happy musical number. All this does is paint the real life P.T Barnum in a sympathetic light, which he never deserved.
The movie should have been about the freaks he hired, their suffering, the truth of what he did to them, and if it wanted to fabricate something then fabricate the freaks overcoming their slavery to Barnum.
I'm sorry, but this is the biggest black mark on Hugh Jackmans almost flawless acting career, to pretend the character he played was anything other then a monster.
And anyone who was brought into the myth this movie created about P.T Barnum, let me ask, would you feel the same way about a movie about Adolf Hitler shown in a sympathetic way? I doubt anyone would. So why is it acceptable here?
If you've been fooled into believing the myth about the real person being anything but a monster, then as PT Barnum himself said, a suckers born every minute, and you are those suckers.
He's so talented. He was perfect for the role of wolverine. All the amount of life and passion he put into his character is increbible. Also, I thought he was phenomenal at playing the role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, I love the movie so much! This man is a true talent I TELL YOU!
This movie didn't push the sjw like Last Jedi. Every song was incredible and fits each situation. This was a great movie and didn't shove the diversity politics down your throat. Hugh is a great actor/performer.
Well P.T. exploited the acts like college sports does there players. Where's the outrage? Tom Thump was a millionaire with his on yacht. Most of P.T.'s preformers made tons of money. 2k-5k per week at the time. He wasn't the best person but he really did make them stars and gave them hope. That sounds like a hero to me.
I don’t give a crap what critics say, I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Sure it’s different from the real story of P.T. Barnum but it’s the moral of the story and the music touches your heart and I always cry with these songs.
Just watched it . Found it to be an EXCELLENT movie . It has been a while since I have enjoyed a musical so much . / made by the same people who did la la land , which I hated . So I am very surprised this movie was made by the same people . The Greatest Showman - A must see movie .
50 years old with the body of a god, a dancer, singer, one of the sweetest people in real life...
He got a custom engraved ring with their vows in Sanskrit for his wife...
A philanthropist, the best portrayal of Wolverine that’ll ever exist, on top of a talented musician...
I am straight and yet this man somehow has gotten me to fall in love with him, that is how amazing a human being he is...
What makes the movie special? Dumb, movie going public who don't know a damn thing about the subject matter and just want to be sucked into the fantasy and don't give an ounce of shit about anything else. The drooling social media masses fooled by the "woke" inclusiveness that never actually existed in their country at the time. The hilarious historical inaccuracies whether they be social, or technological. Whatever, this is movie for bored middle aged women to fawn over Jackman.
And you clearly missed the whole point of the movie. Sure the movie wasn't accurate to history, but its a musical its not meant to be accurate and that's why they used CGI animals in the movie so they didn't use real animal cruelty. The movie was based upon the people in the circus and how people who are different should be seen in a positive light. It had a brilliant morale to the movies story.
The movie was beyond outstanding and is for any age group and gender and the music is powerful and amazing.
We all are aware that the real PT Barnum was an idiot and a cruel person but this movie was in no way trying to pass this off as factual.
I absolutely loved the movie. It was amazing to look at, Hugh Jackman is as handsome and charming as ever, and the songs were so awesome I bought the soundtrack after I got back from the theater. I don't know why some people are complaining. Sure, they did sanitize a few things and made a few things up, but I think they do that with pretty much any film based on a real person. Sure, it's not a straightforward biopic but I don't think it's supposed to be. It's just a fun, lighthearted, original musical. I left the theater feeling extremely happy, which most movies don't really give you nowadays.
What makes this movie special? I guess it was because we can strongly relate to the characters in this movie. The main song 'This is me' perfectly depicts the feeling of someone who's portrayed as 'flawed' by the world, how he/she is fighting to cope with that, and show them what's he/she made of. At certain level, we are all like that. We want people to love us as we are. Another thing, many of us worked in the industry in which our works are more like routines than passions. After watching the movie, I seriously reconsider, whether I really love my jobs, or is it simply to raise more money? Do our jobs offer 'million dreams' for us? Do we feel like 'come alive' every morning we go to work? If not, we probably need something else.
Here’s how the real P.T. Barnum got his start: He heard about a slave named Joice Heth. Her owners said she was 161 years old and claimed that she was the nurse of George Washington. Heth was instructed to tell the many onlookers who came to see her about her relationship with the country’s first president. “In fact,” she said to crowds in Philadelphia, “I raised him.” In 1835, Barnum visited Philadelphia and bought Heth —“I became the proprietor of the negress”— and began to display her at Niblo’s, a theater at Prince Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Barnum bought Heth for $1,000, but after he and William Niblo printed handbills and took out ads all over town —“The greatest curiosity in the world”— they cleared more than $1,500 a week, according to Barnum’s autobiography.
Because some northerners were wary of paying money to gawk at a slave, Barnum planted rumors in the press that she was not a slave and was saving money to buy her great-grandchildren out of slavery. This was a lie; Heth died a slave, and when she died, Barnum displayed her remains to gawking crowds.
That The Greatest Showman erased Heth from its narrative is no surprise: it’s hard to tell a feel-good story about a man when he got his start by profiting off an elderly slave. The story the film tells is one of inclusion — Barnum creates a home for the “curiosities” of all colors. Indeed, the real-life Barnum, after this despicable beginning, became relatively progressive for his day. But it’s important to understand that removing Heth from the narrative is an act of historical violence.
Corey Thomas Lee in this situation I have respect for the history of the real PT Barnum. However this was supposed to be somewhat of a "fictional take" on a man who was, indeed, much more flawed than people thought even on the surface in his time. I appreciate you being here to tell the truth. I agree they absolutely made Barnum look like a kind character, but this wasn't supposed to be a true to story videographical depiction of his life. In truth, Barnum was not a good man.
"An act of historical violence"? That's not a thing. Or rather, it's a thing made up by people who are so bitter and unhappy they have to invent something to be offended about. Sorry the musical fantasy wasn't historically accurate enough to suit your taste.
Thanks for the infos but since this movie was always meant to be a musical, that's not a problem if his life was not portrayed correctly in details. To me, PT Barnum's life serve more as a 'background' to support the message the story wants to tell.
It's like saying Mulan, The Beauty and the beast or Pocahontas were not historycally accurate, it's ok, they weren't meant to be...
Lydia Siolo I've seen it twice and was really tempted to see it again today! This movie is just perfect for the big screen and I want to be able to enjoy it as much as I possibly can before it leaves theaters.
Some of the negative reviews I've seen seem to have missed the point of the film. It's not trying to be a historically accurate biopic. It's an interpretation. And the songs won't be fully appreciated for people who don't care for musicals. Remember how the 1992 film Newsies was a box office flop? The songs were composed by Alan Menken, who composed very popular songs for animated Disney films like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. His songs in Newsies were still popular, despite the critics and poor audience turnout at the theaters. Only a few years back did Newsies make a comeback on Broadway. I see Pasek and Paul as a very creative and talented song composing duo, and their work for Dear Evan Hansen was AMAZING. And their songs for The Greatest Showman were just as great. But not everyone will think so, just like not everyone will fall in love with the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. A music lover will understand, but the normal everyday moviegoer will not. Sadly, that's the way it is.
I mean it’s true that the real P T Barnum was a terrible person but this movie isn’t supposed to about the Real P T Barnum it’s supposed to be about owning who you are and not caring about everyone else’s opinions of your differences
A musical is always a....farce. The point of import today is, musicals blow. The kids have grown up on 90s Disney and some knowledge of 80s pop, and the major/minor cliche'd melodic and harmonic figures of such shows as this one.....show so.
Jason Litzau what was whitewashed? It is explicitly stated in the interview the claims about PT Barnum. He also was not a perfect character in ‘the greatest showman’. Yeah, he told a midget ‘they’re laughing anyway kid. Might as well get paid’. Guess what? I’m disabled and laughed, agreeing with
Barnum. People need to stop being such pussies about barnums oddities. They weren’t victims. Tom Thumb even bailed him out of bankruptcy once. Does that sound like a man who hated Barnum to you?
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