Gather ’round, ladies and gents, and let first-time director Michael Gracey regale you with the tale of Phineas Taylor Barnum (as played by Hugh Jackman ), a great man who nearly a century and a half ago followed his dreams and made his fortune founding a circus that served as entertainment for patrons and as a home for its performers: The freaks, the weirdos, the outcasts, the downcast, the discarded, all of them together a scintillating rainbow of diversity, glimmering in celebration of humanity’s beautiful differences.
That’s the yarn The Greatest Showman wants to sell you, and oh, the hoops it jumps through for enterprise’s sake. Gracey has made an ingenious fiction spun from history, a movie that delights with spectacle as much as it repels with revisionism. Part of you will enjoy it. Another part of you will hate the part of you that enjoys it. Maybe there’s a […]