The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman
- 1h 45m
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Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron star in this bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, the film is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award® Winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land).
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Critics Consensus: The Greatest Showman tries hard to dazzle the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder -- but at the expense of its complex subject's far more intriguing real-life story.
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Common Sense Says
Jackman and Zendaya entertain in musical Barnum biopic.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Greatest Showman is a biographical musical from the songwriters of La La Land that stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, who starts out as a penniless orphan but becomes the world-renowned creator of the circus. There's a bit of language ("damn," the racial slur "spooks," "oh God!," etc.) and violence (protesters burn down the circus, a man slaps a young boy), as well as some drama surrounding the movie's interracial romance, which was taboo at the time. But overall the plot and songs are easy enough for tweens to follow -- and with Zendaya and Zac Efron co-starring, the movie is likely to appeal to them. Although it's based on factual events, the movie only covers a short period in Barnum's life and glosses over certain aspects of his career. It's not garnering the same kind of acclaim as La La Land, but The Greatest Showman's charming leads and circus scenes should make it a fun pick for families who enjoy history, musical theater, and, of course, the circus.
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- Release Date:December 20, 2017
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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