The Greatest Showman Re-reviewed
When I first reviewed The Greatest Showman, I said that while it was not a great movie, it did provide great entertainment. I was wrong. Having seen it a second time, I now am convinced that it is a great movie.
It has a series of moving songs, and “This is Me” is likely to win an Oscar in the Best Original Song category. On top of that, the choreography is maddeningly inventive, and when is the last time that the second showing of a film impressed you more than the first?
So if you haven’t seen Showman, take the time to do so. This is especially true given that the abysmal quality of the other films recently released. While Fifty Shades Freed appears as disgusting juvenile as it is offensive, Mr. Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris looks like little more than his attempt to praise the military in the same fashion that John Wayne did towards the end of his great career.
On top of that, who really wants to take the time to see Winchester, Den of Thieves, Proud Mary, The Commuter or Insidious: The Last Key? Or if my point isn’t clear, what does it say about these films when even a movie junkie like me won’t waste my time to buy a ticket? (Now Peter Rabbit…maybe.)
So keep the Oscar recognized films like Three Billboards, I, Tonya, Lady Bird and The Shape of Water on your schedule, but whatever you do, find a way to see Showman. You won’t be disappointed.