Original review: Is this the best film of 2018? So far yes. Is that saying something? Not really. I haven't seen much that has impressed me this year. Now, that being said, was this film phenomenal and worth the hype? No. I have seen 'the greatest showman' about 30 times! THAT is a phenomenal film. This is another cliche film (that has been done 3 times, mind you) about a popular boy falling for the 'ugly' girl. In this case, the popular boy happens to be a very famous musician who sees potential in someone no one else does. The first 2/3 of the film are sweet, (albeit creepy as cooper's character pursues Gaga in a stalker like fashion that would get the police called on him if he wasn't famous) the love story is beautiful and the cooper and Gaga do have chemistry. That being said, the film is FAR too long and there's a tragic event that happens at the end of the film (I won't spoil it but again, this movie has been done 3 times. It's not hard to figure out) and a character says it's nobody's fault. I disagree. As someone who suffers from mental health and depression, it was EVERYBODY'S FAULT. Not enough care was taken of this character. His problems were trivilized and he was treated like a burden. I just want to remind everyone alcoholism and drug addiction is no joke, it's an actual illness and to make someone feel less for it is wrong. If I sound angry and like I took the film personally, I am and I did. I hope this film opens up the conversation of mental health more, but the way it's being buzzed, all that's being talked about is Lady Gaga (who was noting special by the way. A singer plays a singer. Big stretch.) i hope Bradley cooper wins all The awards for his wonderfully sensitive but complicated performance of Jackson, but I won't hold my breathe. I also would say if you struggle with mental issues like I do, I DO NOT recommend this film.
To everyone else: I don't have to sell you on how spectacular this film is. You know. From the first frame that has your blood pumping and you cheering, to the final credit roll with tears flowing down your face, this is not a movie, it's an emotional experience, and there's something for everyone. I feel there's a lot of misconceptions about this movie. This is the movie Barnum would make About himself. He was a revolutionary. And to those who say it's a poppy movie aren't paying close attention. 'Rewrite the stars' may be a Pop ballad, but 'the greatest show' is rock, Akin to a michael Jackson song. 'From now on' has an old fashioned country feel. The music is SO diverse, which is part of what makes this film so great. We learn just enough about everybody to care but not look at our watches, like I said. I loved 'la la land' when it came out, but in retrospect, it takes WAY too long to Get off the ground and frankly a lot that could have been cut. 'The greatest showman' is just the perfect amount of everything.