2018

The Greatest Showman

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With his strong dedication and love for his family, Barnum opened a wax museum that soon became a circus stage for unique and peculiar individuals all wanting to be accepted by the society just like him. With his drive to free his family from poverty and prove himself to the world, Barnum reached the peak of success. As the road gears toward his lifetime dream, he will be challenged to redefine the most important aspects of his life from all the blinding fame and spotlight. The Greatest Showman is directed by Michael Gracey under 20th Century Fox.

Casts: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Paul Sparks, Gayle Rankin, Tina Benko, Fredric Lehne, Keala Settle

Genre: Musical, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

The Greatest Showman is truly one of Hollywood’s finest in the Musical Genre with impressive song performances, choreography and a very inspiring plot that will take you to a one of a kind journey of fulfilling your dreams and risking everything for your loved ones. I really loved the movie. Plot-wise, the movie stood ground with PT Barnum’s humble beginnings and hungry for affirmation. It was a perfect setting of the whole film’s premise. With the right timing of romance formula, the movie effectively set an atmosphere of dedication rooted within a family setting. This aspect has truly gave the whole film its soul and purpose to begin with. With a very inspiring plot material, the movie never failed to live up with its Genre – Musical. For me, all the song choices were great and very relatable. I can almost sing along with all the song numbers. I would like to also commend the choreography which is spot on and very creative. The film’s strength is most attributed with the Musical Formula that the Greatest Showman has impressively invested. Both the group performances, solos and duos were memorable for me. Jenny Lind solo performance got me chills in my spine. The Zac and Hugh tandem numbers were such a joy to watch too. The whole circus thing is well-executed and it was really done with precision and even near perfection. It was like a spectacle on the big screen. Hugh Jackman delivers along with all of its talented cast. More than a good musical masterpiece composition, the Cinematography and production Setting really stood out as well. I really liked the Circus Setting and the even the scenes shot within the city setting. Aside from that, the movie’s inspiring soul also got me. I am moved by the lesson the movie wanted to impart to us. The movie will bring you to a world of your dreams and will challenge you with those dreams. I was smiling until the end. The movie is truly worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

You can’t dislike what inspires you.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2017

Save the best for last. LOGAN changed the tone of superhero genre. But…

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In the year 2029, all Mutants are nearly gone. An isolated and weary Logan is hiding in a remote area of the Mexican boarder with his companions – Caliban and Professor X. When an extraordinary girl came into his life, he was forced to secure the girl’s safety at all cost. Everything changed when a young mutant, engulfed by dark forces, started to search for them. The last X-Men movie is written and directed by James Mangold under 20th Century Fox.

Casts: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen

Genre: Action, Adventure (R for Violence)

Check out my latest review of a X-Men Movie: X-Men: Apocalypse

WHAT I LIKE?

If you are a die-hard fan of the X-Men series and Wolverine himself, you can find this film generally satisfying. This final saga has somehow changed the tone of superhero films and will surely pleased fans especially those hungry for violent and bloody Marvel fights. Logan did not disappoint on that aspect. With its superbly executed action sequences and wolverine stunts, the movie has already gave your money’s worth. The overall tone may be a bit different than other Marvel movies but Logan was able to impress its audience with the brand of violence and action expected from the film. The concept of the child was predictable. But the child’s performance was outstanding. Loved some fight scenes with Logan and the child. Hugh Jackman on the otherhand delivered his best Wolverin and X-Men performance and perhaps all of his career.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, I must admit that I got bored a few times which is not my normal thing especially when its Marvel. I just didn’t like the tone at all. Aside from a confined and limited setting, the movie lacked the superhero impact caused by previous films on me. How I wish the formula was tweaked a bit. Oh well, its Wolverine. At least, this is still better than the Batman Series. But if I am to compare it to Batman V Superman, I must give it to DCU this time.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns.

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