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Bridget Froemming, Staff Reporter

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“The Greatest Showman,” is a 2017 drama film directed by Michael Gracey. This original musical follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), a showman who pursues his dreams of sharing oddities with the world. It features the setbacks he encounters as he tries to step away from the norms of society.

The songwriters for this film, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, presented fabulous and captivating lyrics that positively aided in telling the film’s story. However, I was disappointed with the singing in this film as most of it sounded autotuned. The actors who played Philip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler (Zac Efron and Zendaya Coleman) seemed to be the only actors with natural, unedited voices. It was evident that the dance numbers in this film were often rehearsed, which allowed them to be fabulously performed, creating the feel of a Broadway musical.

The costumes used in the production were beautiful and accurately reflected the time period. In contrast to the costumes, the accuracy of the plot was almost the opposite. The script did not reflect the actual events that happened, which created a sense of strong fabrication.

The actual filming of this movie was extravagant, as the use of slow motion and unique angles created a visually appealing technical aspect. On the other hand, the set design lacked realism. Practically the entire set was made through the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) which created an unprofessional finished product. It was obvious that certain buildings and animals were animated, which proved to be a distraction to the plot.  In this film’s world of uniqueness, peculiarity and horrible CGI, it seemed as though the only real thing I watched was Zac Efron’s impeccably attractive physique.

Michael Gracey did a fabulous job with his directing debut with “The Greatest Showman” as it was very entertaining, and I did enjoy it. Overall, this was a great film and I do recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great, heartwarming story.

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Bridget Froemming, Multimedia Editor

Bridget Froemming is a senior and Multimedia Editor who is ecstatic to be contributing to The Brantley Banner for her second year. She is president of Thespian Troupe 2888 with the drama department, and is heavily involved with the technical aspects of theatre, as she has worked on more than six shows with the school. At the Thespian district competition level, she received the MVP Tech award, and was apart of The Best Tech Crew for a One Act, and at the state competition level, she received straight superiors on her student directed scene. On campus, Bridget is a member of Film Club, Glee Club, five various honor societies, and T.V. Production. In her free time, she volunteers at local theaters, trains in Isshinryu Karate, and is a Girl Scout Ambassador. Her favorite color is dark beige, and she enjoys pink pens, fashion, and theater. Bridget loves movies, her favorites being Casablanca and Alpha. After high school, Bridget plans to pursue a career in Technical Theatre and Film Production.

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