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 .
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.
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.
"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.
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?
I agree the critics are missing the point that the movie is impressionistic and is meant to entertain, not to be historically accurate, which is Barnum all over. And it only goes for a couple of hours - maybe the critics could devise their own 20 hour miniseries to tell the "real story".
The criticism of poor old Barnum also misses the point. He was a man of his era, not perfect but cannot simply be viewed through the prism of the 21st century without taking into account the time and place.
But you are wrong about the songs - all ages seem to love them! As for Hugh Jackman, well he`s an all singing, all dancing showman who can act too!
Whitewashing everything negative about a human being, isn't "interpretation". It's just whitewashing history to tell a different story to make that story more palatable. If I make a movie about Dr. Mengele, and decide to color him as a doctor who got a really great job opportunity, that's not me doing an interpretation, that's me rewriting history to make a shitty person look better so certain people can watch a movie without feeling bad.
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