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The Greatest Showman

City Cinema

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

Thursday, April 05, 2018, 07:00pm

April 4–9 (times vary)

PG, violence, language may offend
Dir: Michael Gracey, US, 105 min. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron

“The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as circus maximizer P.T. Barnum, is just getting started when the bearded lady sings. The beard is fake but Keala Settle’s voice is for real. Her song is This Is Me, an anthem for the human oddities Barnum collected on his way to the big top… It’s a showstopper in a musical of many, another soaring original score from the composers of La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen. The Greatest Showman is their third ring, a circus extravaganza built on pillars of classic musical style… Here, they address serious issues of love, greed and intolerance with unshakable melodies and lyrics… Director Michael Gracey accommodates their songs with a Luhrmann-esque swirl of sight and sound… The late-19th century and circus settings give Gracey plenty of eye candy to dish out whenever his game, gifted actors aren’t stealing the camera. Jackman’s proficiency in musical theater is unquestioned after The Boy From Oz on Broadway and Les Miserables on film, and P.T. Barnum is an outsize character matching his talent… There’s no neo-musical realism to The Greatest Showman… Jackman croons to balconies that aren’t there, a throwback hybrid of Howard Keel’s booming swagger in Gene Kelly’s athletic dancing shoes. Stars don’t get turns like this often. Jackman nails it… One surprise: Who knew Michelle Williams can sing and dance as well as she does here?… On the other hand, the entire circus troupe comprised of unknowns like Settle is a talented foundation for spectacle. The Greatest Showman is the feel-good (and feel good about it) movie every holiday season needs. P.T. Barnum is famous for saying there’s a sucker born every minute and he’s still right. For 105 minutes I’m a sucker for his movie, that may not be the greatest show on Earth but close enough.”—StevePersall, The Tampa Bay Times

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City Cinema
64 King Street

(902) 368-3669

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