Fifth about The Seventh

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman: a musical will live or die depending mostly on how catchy its tunes are; Michael Gracey’s film, while it has great energy, and a current, relevant message underneath its story of a charming swindler, suffers with somewhat generic songs. The sole exception is “This Is Me”, an anthem of defiance to intolerance that resonates in this day and age. It’s belted out by Keala Settle, who is the highlight of the cast. Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron are attractive and fine, but not all that interesting. Set and costume designs are very rich and colorful, and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey’s images are dramatic, beautifully lit. However, the musical numbers are excessively edited, which is distracting and obscures the performers’ efforts.

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