Step Right Up and Behold Hugh Jackman in 'The Greatest Showman' Trailer

Step Right Up and Behold Hugh Jackman in 'The Greatest Showman' Trailer

Jun 28, 2017

“Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.” That's a quote from P.T. Barnum, the iconic circus founder who has gone down in history as perhaps the greatest showman who ever lived.

That's why his upcoming musical biopic is titled The Greatest Showman, and hopefully for its sake 20th Century Fox hasn't overestimated American or worldwide interest in his story. Watch the dazzling new trailer for the movie below and decide if you'd like to see Barnum's big top on the big screen.

 

When it comes out: December 25, 2017.

Who is in it: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Diahann Carroll, Paul Sparks

What it's about: Jackman plays Barnum in a song-and-dance musical based on the showman's life. Williams plays his wife, Ferguson is opera singer Jenny Lind, the legendary Carroll is controversial slave-turned-circus-act Joice Heth, and Sparks is New York Herald publisher James Gordon Bennett Sr. Efron and Zendaya seem to be fictional performers. The Greatest Showman was written by Bill Condon (Chicago) and Jenny Bicks (Rio 2) and is helmed by effects artist Michael Gracey as his feature directorial debut.

How is the trailer: Jackman himself is a great showman, Williams is always a delight and talent, and Efron and Zendaya seem amiable enough. The trailer doesn't really seem to be heavily selling the movie as a musical, though you can see the song-and-dance stuff if you're paying attention. The tune ("This Is Me") that plays over the trailer is one of those written for the movie by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) and is catchy enough. Hopefully none of the controversial aspects of Barnum's life or his circus are ignored in favor of simple razzle-dazzle entertainment. 

What are other saying: 

"Like any movie based on a circus, the idea is to create a showstopping spectacular, and for a first trailer, they may have done that." - Dirk Libbey, Cinema Blend

"I like the way director Michael Gracey has shot the film, and hopefully the songs match the visuals and the talent on board." - Matt Golderg, Collider

"I’m hopeful that the song that plays in this trailer is not one of the original songs in the musical, as it is pretty cheesy and terrible." - Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge

 

 

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