I have a soft spot for musicals and seeing Hugh Jackman was always going to be interesting. I have got no idea why it took me so long to getting around to seeing this movie but anyway, it is time for a review.
P.T. Barnum was very poor as a boy and it was while working with his father at the Hallett that he met Charity. After meeting Charity he manages to make her laugh which doesn’t please her father. This cause Charity to be sent to a finishing school, as P.T. doesn’t want to lose contact with her they keep in touch via letters. When they finally meet again as adults he takes her from her family home and marries her and has two kids. After losing his job as a clerk he manages to talk a bank into giving him a very large loan. With the money he sets up his circus which he wants every person in Manhattan to see and does so by giving them a chance to see ‘Freaks’
For me the story is okay, not brilliant but at the same time not bad either. Everything seems a little predictable for me as whenever something good happens or something bad happens what you would expect to happen, does happen which does ruin the overall storyline a little bit for me. With the circus being the main part of the story I wanted to be surprised by everything but unfortunately that did not happen.
Now onto the part where I start to fall in love with the movie, the singing. Hugh Jackman can sing which is a big surprise for me as the only role I have ever seen him in is Wolverine and Roddy from Flushed Away. each and every song in the show makes you just stare at the screen and listen, and make sure you don’t miss a single thing the movie is trying to show you. The scenes that go along with the singing are fantastic with my personal favourites being the drinking scene between him and Zac Efron and the finale scene where the whole crew is singing. These have got to be some of the best scenes in any musical ever and after writing this part of the review makes me want to go back and re watch the film again.
The acting is another great point for this show, with big stars like Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman you do expect the best and the best is what you are going to get. Every single actor does a great job in their role making each word spoken that much better as you are able to feel every single feeling that is trying to get across to you (the viewer).
I loved this movie and if it had a better story then I do think it could overtake Pitch Perfect as my favourite musical but currently sits at 3rd behind Pitch Perfect and Rock of Ages.