Thanks for the memories!
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
This movie is a total disaster which starts from nowhere and ends no where. it doesn't have any plot and it fails to connect with the viewers. this movies is a wannabe 'Bigfish' which doesn't even succeed to catch a small prawn.
I love this movie so much. I really do think its my number one. Ive never felt this good when ending the movie. Its one of those movies you wish would mever end and your dreading the ending coming.
The Greatest Musical Ever Made. By Far! How many movies do you ever see where you really, REALLY feel GOOD, no make that GREAT! after watching? And, you're singing the songs while you're walking out of the theater? Answer: NONE!, EXCEPT for this one! Buy the DVD, or better yet, the Blu-Ray, 'Cause you're going to be watching it many, many times. Right up there with The Shawshank Redemption. And this one is a musical!!! Just frickn' watch the this movie!!!
Jesus zombie Christ! Someone needs to fire whoever mixed this sound. Everything is either imperceptibly quiet or obnoxiously loud. Movie starts with "WHOAAAAAAAAAA!" at THX levels of deafening decibel levels. Cue Jackman, mumble-singing something. Cue once more the deafening "WHOAAAAAA!" chorus to the absolute DELIGHT of my bleeding eardrums. 30 minutes into the movie, and the same pattern continues. Speaking of sound, who fucked up the ADR with Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey)? It was so obvious and pathetic I had to see who actually voiced the character (James Babson).
Secondly, the music itself is not only awful and lazy pop excrement, but it simply does not fit the time period. Hearing modern instruments is just as jarring as if people in this film were using a GPS in their horse-drawn carriages. It sounds like they stole the music from "The Wiz" and added autotune. Say, that's a million dollar idea, let's change ALL the music in Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to overly poppy autotuned garba...I mean art.
Lastly, there is already a superior version of this story, with significantly better music. It's called "Barnum." If you can find a video of it online, Michael Crawford (who made "Phantom of the Opera" a household name) knocks it out of the park with his performance, to say nothing of the fantastic ensemble cast.
That's just my misguided opinion; like what you want to like. This just wasn't my cup of tea nor my shot of whiskey.