I have seen this movie and was wondering what everyone thinks.
Actually, I’ve seen it twice, and already prepurchased the Blu Ray. I thought it was pretty awesome. I would say, not as good as Moulin Rouge, but good.
Someone must like it, because the soundtrack CD is sold out everywhere we look.
As a historical biopic, the film is useless. But that’s not the point. Of all movies of this ilk, I can say the deviations from reality in this one don’t bother me in the slightest. It’s not like Saving Mr. Banks, where a movie about Disney-fying Mary Poppins ends up Disney-fying both PL Travers AND Walt Disney. A movie about a self-described humbug, a purveyor of the false and the tall tales that actually stuck to the truth would in some ways be wrong.
But it’s not a biopic, it’s a fantasy musical. And the opening sequence is awesome. As is the flying pas de deus between Zac Efron and Zendaya.
And I love the cg animals, the perfect lions, the 150% larger than life elephants.
I don’t think the film is flawless, though. A sequence where Barnum ignores his “freaks” at a public event seemed out of place, not because it was a downer, but because it didn’t fit the story, and was never further explored. It’s like a survivor from an earlier, grittier draft of the story.