I still haven’t seen even half of the very highly rated musicals out there – and I doubt I will. Especially since musicals aren’t my favourite genre. However, to my surprise, I’ve found my most loved musical to date in The Greatest Showman.
Based on the true story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create the mesmerising spectacle known as the circus, I found so much to love about this film. The music – of course, the costumes, humour, choreography, performances and themes; I enjoyed it all.
I found that I appreciate The Greatest Showman even more because of the way it speaks to the part of me that chooses to live life on my own terms, regardless of what society expects of me. This is a film about a person who took the risk and followed his vision to make his dreams a reality. In this way, director Michael Gracey’s film belongs in the same entrepreneurship loving space that Jon Favreau’s Chef (2014)occupies in my heart.
It’s generally no secret that the real P.T. Barnum wasn’t exactly a perfect human being. Additionally, not every character in this film actually existed. Yet my, oh my is this version of the story beautiful.
Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Zendeya and Michelle Williams all deliver good performances. As does Rebecca Ferguson. Particularly the moment we all get to hear her character’s singing voice. A scene that is arguably the most arresting. A true wow moment.
You’ve very already seen this but if you haven’t, watch The Greatest Showman for all the seemingly endless reasons above and you may just find yourself inspired.
In After The Wedding, Isabel (Michelle Williams) is the manager of an orphanage in Kolkata, India. In desperate need of money to keep the orphanage afloat, Isabel travels to New York to meet a benefactor (Julianne Moore) whose life couldn’t be more different from her own.
Directed by Bart Freundlich; additional cast members include Billy Crudup, Will Chase, Abby Quinn…
I’m interested to watch Moore playing what looks like a somewhat sinister character. I’m also curious about Isabel’s lifestyle, especially since it’s so far removed from my own.
Then there’s the secret. I want to know what the seemingly dark, potentially life destroying secret is. I’m aware that I just made myself sound quite nosy – but I swear, I simply love a promising movie plot and a good trailer with wonderful actors.
Doris McCarthy, Azhy Robertson, Eisa Davis, Alex Esola, Eric D. Hill Jr. and Teea Loreal also star.
I Feel Pretty, the latest movie starring Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski and Michelle Williams is a comedy about a woman who suddenly finds plenty of self confidence following a head injury.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, there are only really two things right about this film. Firstly, tits intention to inspire women, young women especially to stop letting society tell them what is beautiful, so they can find the confidence to go after what they really want. The second positive is the casting of Michelle Williams. In this movie Williams is as elevating a talent as the best of them, but even this task was to great.
The truth is, I definitely laughed a little once or twice, mainly because of the humorous moment(s) where a line reminded me of what made Schumer’s Comedy Central TV so good once upon a time. Unfortunately though, I just happened to cringe far more than I laughed overall. There was a scene at the beginning that I felt already made it’s point yet it stretched on and on. There are moments where my eyes rolled in disappointment – in one particular instance due to the use of a story telling device that seemed rushed / ad hoc, as well as executed lazily.
Even with all the cringing and eye-rolling, a point did actually arrive around the first half whereI thought the terribleness had ceased and now everything will be less bad. But then something cringeworthy happens again! Cringeworthy because of the badly executed story. Cringeworthy because of what felt like over-acting by Schumer on a number of occasions and cringeworthy because someone decided that this final draft of I Feel pretty really was worthy of being the final draft.
I kept watching tI Feel pretty when I could have stopped because this movie and Schumer’s previous film Snatched (2017) aside, I usually enjoy her work. I now feel as though my last hope is the idea that the Schumer and Jennifer Lawrencecomedy that’s supposed to be in the works won’t have me saying ‘No, Amy! But I had such high hopes…!’ some thing I said more than twice during I Feel pretty.
Maybe watch Schumer’s Comedy Central TV show instead(?)
I Feel Pretty is a brand new comedy starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the story centres around a woman who suddenly has an extraordinary amount of self confidence following a head injury…
I rather like the sound of this story. Especially the new found confidence part, not so much the head injury.
Full disclosure, I of course had the lyrics for the classic West Side Story (1961) song ‘I feel Pretty’ playing in my head as I typed this post. That leaves little else to say except… All together now: ‘I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gaaaaayy!’
Naomi Campbell, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Laura Hutton also star.
All The Money In The World is the story of a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy, that hatched a massive kidnapping plot in the 1970s. Directed by Ridley Scott; Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Timothy Hutton star…
To save one’s grandson and let the world know that you negotiate with terrorists or sacrifice your grandson so that no one ever thinks that they can demand and receive a ransom from you ever again.
Whatever Mr. Getty does or doesn’t do, it should be very interesting to watch, especially with such a talented and super engaging cast.
Wonderstruck is the latest movie from Todd Haynes, a director most recently known for his great work on Carol (2015). Starring Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Michelle Williams and Oakes Fegley, the movie tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest at the same time as telling a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago. Both children seek the same mysterious connection…
The content of this trailer intrigues me a little but it’s really the names Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes that will having me tuning in. The story is based on Brian Selznick’s best selling book of the same name.
The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create the mesmerising spectacle known as the circus. Directed by Michael Gracey; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendeya and Michelle Williams star…
I’m not the biggest fan of musicals but I like the cast too much to ignore this. There’s also the romance of it all, of course.
Paul Sparks, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Diahann Carroll also star.