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The Greatest Showman

  • The Greatest Showman
    L’histoire de P.T Barnum, un visionnaire parti de rien pour créer un spectacle devenu un phénomène planétaire. (Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.)

Critique de Mulder

  • “Do you know what it's like to feel so in the dark
    To dream about a life where you're the shining star
    Even though it seems
    Like it's too far away
    I have to believe in myself
    It's the only way” Keala Settle – This is Me

    The Greatest Showman réconcilie aisément les passionnés de cinéma et de musique et nous livre un film tout simplement inoubliable marqué par des chansons fortes en émotions et surtout des personnages attachants. Le scénario de Bill Condon et Jenny Bicks nous conte l’histoire romancée de Phinéas Taylor Barnum de son enfance pauvre marquée par la mort de son père, à la rencontre encore enfant de sa campagne issue d’une famille aisée Charity Hallett pour laquelle son père travaillait. Renonçant à la vie aisée que ses parents lui donnaient Charity adulte part vivre avec PT Barnum et fonde une famille. Par son entrain et sa volonté de prendre une revanche sur un passé pauvre et difficile, PT Barnum créera d’abord un musée de mannequins de cire et d’animaux empaillés (Le Barnum’s American Museum de Broadway) avant de décider de créer ce qui qui deviendra un cirque et de s’entourer de personnages pittoresques et différents prêts également à se faire entendre. Le succès venant, la rencontre de ce businessman avisé avec une cantatrice suédoise Jenny Lind l’éloignera un temps de sa troupe et de son associé Philip Carlyle pour partir en qualité de manager de celle-ci sur les routes…

    En évitant les pièges d’un biopic trop sage, The Greatest showman s’oriente plutôt vers une comédie musicale touchée par la grâce dans laquelle le soin apporté non seulement aux nombreux numéros musicaux, aux décors mais surtout à la création d’un véritable univers donne à celui-ci une aura ensorcelante . Que cela soit la scène d’introduction nous mettant immédiatement dans l’ambiance du film, celle dans un bar entre les personnages de P.T Barnum et Philippe Carlyle tout simplement parfaite et la chorégraphie laissant pantois et nous rappelant l’introduction de La La Land tout ici sonne juste. Le scénario s’éloigne ainsi de l’histoire véritable de P.T0 Barnum et se veut une célébration de l’art que cela soit du cinéma, de la musique, de la danse. Il retrouve ainsi toute la magie des balbutiements du show-business. On retrouve à la réalisation Michael Gracey qui s’était fait un nom dans le domaine de la publicité notamment pour un excellent spot pour Lipton dans lequel le comédien principal Hugh Jackman montrait qu’il était aussi à l’aise en tant que danseur et chanteur que comédien (un véritable showman).

    Plusieurs films avaient déjà abordé de manière plus académique la vie de P.T Barnum que cela soit Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde (1952), le téléfilm Barnum (1986) ou de manière plus fantasque Big Fish (2003) mais The Greatest Showman montre qu’il est encore possible de proposer une approche aussi innovante visuellement qu’ envoutante par la magie qui se dégage constamment des nombreuses scènes de ce film. L’autre réussite du film de donner à deux compositeurs Benj Pasek et Justin Paul une véritable liberté artistique. On retiendra notamment les magnifiques chansons This is Me (Golden Globes de la meilleur chanson originale), Rewrite The Starset From now On. En évitant les différentes défaillances de la comédie musicale Les Misérables (2012) également avec Hugh Jackman, le film montre qu’une excellente comédie musicale doit d’abord reposer sur un scénario original mais surtout sur une excellente composition musicale et des comédiens totalement investis dans leur rôle.
    La grande force de The Greatest Showman revient aussi à son casting dans lequel on retrouve autour de Hugh Jackman une nouvelle fois parfait dans le rôle de P.T. Barnum, Zac Efron (Phillip Carlyle), Michelle Williams (Charity Barnum), Rebecca Ferguson (Jenny Lind), Zendaya (Anne Wheeler), Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz). Impossible en découvrant ce film de ne pas penser au chef d’œuvre de Tod Browning Freaks (1932) à travers les nombreux personnages de ce cirque (la femme à barbe, le petit homme, le géant suédois…).

    The Greatest showman s’impose aisément comme l’un des meilleurs films de ce début d’année et loin des critiques US très mitigées nous ne pouvons que vous encourager à découvrir celui-ci dès mercredi prochain… Celui-ci s’impose comme l’un de nos premiers grands coups de cœur de l’année et il mérite d’être vu dans son format IMAX.

    Vu le 19 janvier 2018 au Gaumont Disney Village, Salle 11, en VF

  • 5

Critique de adj85

  • The Greatest Showman had a astounding production budget of $84 million. Directed by Michael Gracey (his directorial debut). Written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The Greatest Showman is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's real live story about the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Greatest Showman takes place in the 1850s to 1860s. Were a young boy falls in love with his childhood friend. He grows up to marry her and struggles to give here a life of luxury. The same life of luxury she walked away from, to be with him for. The Greatest Showman received mixed reviews. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received three nominations: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor – Musical or Comedy (Jackman), and Best Original Song ("This Is Me"), winning the latter. A original movie musical hadn’t been approved in 23 years, for a studio to say yes to that was amazing. It took seven and a half years to get this movie made.

    Principal photography on the film began in New York City in November 2016, and it premiered on December 8, 2017. The film was released in the United States on December 20, 2017 by 20th Century Fox. Just seven months after the circus stopped operating, and has grossed $160 million worldwide. The Greatest Showman received mixed reviews. Jackman’s vocal performances are beyond stunning. In a behind the scenes You Tube video. The movie wasn’t green lite ( approved to move forward ) until a read threw could happen. That read threw that took eight months to schedule all the crew involved. Jackman called the director the night before with interesting news. Jackman told Gracey he “ had just had a skin cancer cut outta his nose and all is fine, but I had 80 sticks in my nose. My Dr. said your not allowed to sing.” But when the walk threw happened. He found himself caught up in the last song From Now On. Were half way threw he couldn’t help himself and broke out into full song. A clip that has nearly 3 million views online. Interesting backstory that Jackman eleven. He wanted to take advanced dancing classes. But a fellow class mate made fun him for it. Jackman stopped dancing. Later on when he was 18, he seen that same childhood friend that made fun of him and he apologized to Jackman. The next day Jackman signed up for dance lessons.

    This movie was inspired by P. T. Barnum the man. Who was born 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut and died 1891. Barnum was an American showman, politician, and businessman. Barnum became a small-business owner in his early twenties, and founded a weekly newspaper. He choose to move to New York City in 1834. It was then he wanted to establish his entertainment career. After purchasing the Scudder's American Museum. He renamed after himself. Barnum used the museum as a platform to show human curiosities and had entertainment shows. These shows angered some people that called the show hoaxes. Barnum said himself, "I am a showman by profession”. He insisted they were just entrainment.

    Barnum wanted to do more. In 1850, Lind an opera singer went to America at the invitation of the showman P. T. Barnum. She gave 93 large-scale concerts for him. She earned more than $350,000 from these concerts, donating the proceeds to charities ( $9.97 million in todays currency ). By early 1851, Lind had become uncomfortable with Barnum's relentless marketing of the tour, and she choose to sever her ties with Barnum. The two parted ways with no problems. Barnum served two terms in the Connecticut legislature in 1865 as a Republican for Fairfield. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution over slavery and African-Americans. Barnum spoke before the legislature and said, “A human soul, that God has created and Christ died for, is not to be trifled with. It may tenant the body of a Chinaman, a Turk, an Arab or a Hottentot. it is still an immortal spirit ”. Later elected in 1875 as Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He worked to improve the water supply, bring gas lighting to streets, and enforce liquor and prostitution laws. Barnum was vital in starting Bridgeport Hospital, founded in 1878. He was it’s first president.

    The circus was the main source of most of his everlasting fame. He founded "P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome," a traveling circus. Barnum died of a stroke at his home residence in 1891. To honor the 200th anniversary of Barnum's birth, the city commissioned a life-size sculpture. September 26, 2010 it was dedicated and it stands outside the public library .

    The costumes were amazing well done for this film, eighty five percent custom made and only fifteen percent purchased items. More than 60,000 Swarovski crystals throughout this film were used on costumes. Jewels set the tone. Romantic colors and rich colors were chosen. The designers ran the spectrum of reds, blues, pinks, purples, greens. Swarovski was chosen because it’s sophisticated and everything looks better with sparkles on it. For example Zendaya’s purple performance outfit. Jenny's gowns were custom-built and reworked as contemporary pieces. She wears color, but in rich, jewel tones, including a gold-embellished blue dress. The ringmaster is a special costume. That is the person that is the main focus the entire show. It was important the costume this was stylish, and that it moved with his body. Red lush silken wool that reflected the light was used for the showman outfit. Charity, Barnum’s wife wears a soft, flowing and non-corseted silhouette. Her 40s style is set to be contemporary, including a beautiful blush, silk, embellished gown. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick designed 321 principal costumes over a 16-week shoot that would dress a huge range of characters, including a circus audience of 400; 22 acrobat performers; children, who grew during production; hundreds of tattered townspeople; and a large array of royal guards. What's more, the characters included a three-legged man, a 7-foot-5-inch giant, a 4-foot-2 Napoleon, and a ringmaster with 25 complete suit ensembles. From post civil war in New York to Queen Vitoria’s court. The wide range of costumes dazzles.

    Saw January 5 2018 in the Edwards Long Beach Stadium theater

    The Greatest Showman
    Directed by Michael Gracey
    Produced by Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping
    Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
    Story by Jenny Bicks
    Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya
    Music by John Debney, Joseph Trapanese
    Cinematography : Seamus McGarvey
    Edited by Joe Hutshing
    Production company : Chernin Entertainment, Seed Productions, Laurence Mark Productions, TSG Entertainment
    Distributed by 20th Century Fox
    Release date : December 8, 2017 (RMS Queen Mary 2), December 20, 2017 (United States)
    Running time : 105 minutes
    Country : United States
    Language :English

  • 3.5