The Greatest Showman (2017)
Hugh Jackman has a certain sincerity which is synonymous with all his performances, and this long cherished dream of his shows us every ounce of it.
Debut director Michael Gracey has made a stunning film, an original musical which has great performances from the principal cast, namely Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
The central premise is a risky venture, but isn’t every worthwhile idea a step, or many, outside our comfort zone? A noteworthy supporting cast communicates many messages; prejudice, equality, loyalty and unique individualality to name a few.
An entertaining and heart warming tale which is predictable yet endearing.
Director Daniel Espinosa packs a thrilling movie into a lesson devoid of science and logic on board a space station. We get a customary opening scene to set up jargon used in missions, which quickly escalate go ‘what the hell is going on here?!’
We thought the same thing! What is going on? The crew and their standard protocol are completely at ends. From a lazy writing point of view, we could argue how would the film continue if it were not for the lapses? But we expect better and tighter writing, with a logical progression.
It gets points for the thrills and the cast, all of whom have atleast one terrifying moment, if not more. Other than that we have a film which systematically breaks its own rules.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson do an average job, supported by the rest. It’s the cast that will pull it through, not the content.
A film that starts off as flashes in a stupor, is filled with mysterious gaps in the story. It is natural to start guessing ‘whodunnitt’, but more importantly why did they do it?
Director Tate Taylor quickly turns tables on the why and the plot becomes even more convoluted as unknown pieces appear for the expanding jigsaw puzzle. Once they start falling into place, a disturbing narrative turns horrifying.
Emily Blunt is a fine actress, carrying the film effortlessly, navigating through complex emotional and physical states. Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson put in sincere performances, while Justin Theroux is seen as never before. The remaining cast, including Lisa Kudrow, ably support the story along its baffling and eventual shocking end.
A film which has probably done cerebral justice to a book that had a dark story to tell.
After the Ghost Protocol debacle, the team has stuck to the safe formula from its predecessors, entertaining with good action and decent stunts. It however, does not have any overtly tense moments or cliffhangers as is customary for such films.
Tom Cruise has aged well, carrying the franchise on his shoulders with the help of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg who provides the laughs and Sean Harris who provides the creeps. Rebecca Ferguson displays the rare combination of being a fatal feminine, with endearing looks and lethal moves.
The film explores several cities and has some very well crafted scenes, showing us different challenges and landscapes. Director Christopher McQuarrie has resuscitated a franchise and left room for a part six as well.