The Greatest Showman (2017) Sunday, 22 September 2019

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Something sensational; something that isn't stuffed.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn

  • Directed by:

    Michael Gracey

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, kicked, spat at, flipped, thrown through the air/to the ground, head-locked. A boy is slapped across the face, pushed to the ground, grabbed. Angry protesters yell and shout obscenities at performers. Arson, burning building, character rescued from burning building, building collapse, rubble. Theft. Guns fired (theatrical). A guillotine blade falls to simulate decapitation. Arguing, screaming, panic. Blood/gore: Bloody face, open wound on forehead, burns on skin, scratches, bloodied hands/fingernails. Bruising, bandages, red mark on cheek (from being slapped).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None) Kissing, flirting, handholding. Cleavage, skimpy costumes, shirtless men. Pregnant woman. Born out of wedlock mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, shots, spirits, hip flask). Bar setting. Drunk people slumped in bar.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Shut up. Name-calling (flop doodle, freaks, criminal, degrading, fraud, scandal, peanuts, prima donnas, suffocating, highbrows, snobs, offensive, indecent, prigs, oddities, scoundrel, joyless, insignificant, the help, small-minded, careless, spooks, thugs,  etc). Religious exclamations (God no, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, P.T. Barnum, Charity Barnum, Jenny Lind, circuses, success, failure, society, poverty, family, daughters, hoaxes, scams, deformity, ballet, wishes, finance, loans, museums, business, rejection, imagination, critics, publicity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead father (implied). Engagement, bankruptcy, job loss, eviction, separation. Cemetery, funeral, hospital, bar settings. Horses, zebras, elephants, lions. Stuffed animals (giraffe, elephant, monkey, bird, ostrich, etc). Fur worn. Full moon. A girl spits out her tea.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Soaring, crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned, cornball, flashy, romantic, swirly, shiny, spectacular, joyful, wild, ridiculous, cheesy, charming, cheerful, glittery, glossy, aggrandised, showy, bright, colourful, dazzling, exhilarating, fun. Irresistible/effervescent/rapacious/relatable performance by Hugh Jackman, terrific chemistry between Zac Efron and Zendaya, rich cinematography, artistic sets, kinetic editing, maddeningly catchy/rousing songs, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Unsubtle, familiar, shameless, predictable, shallow, sanitised, over-produced. Basic storyline, simple conflicts, pedestrian themes, cardboard characters, ignores the racist/exploitative side of P. T. Barnum.

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