So I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into with this movie. I thought it was about the Ringling brothers, but no, it’s about Barnum and Bailey. So I learned some history about the opposite circus founders than I expected.
This movie is also a musical, which I was warned about. I’m normally not a fan of musicals, and although this film did push my tolerance for them, it was okay. I mean, it’s a circus movie, so some music and theatrics is expected.
What I didn’t like was how Barnum admitted the things in his show were fake, yet, some of it was real? I think? Like the bearded lady. I guess that was the point, to mix in the real with the fake. The travel parts were the worst to me, and trips were portrayed to be easy to commute to. Like, visiting the Queen in England. I’m no expert, but back when these events were happening, I think it took several months on the seas to make that trip. And the movie made it seem like a quick down the street visit. Barnum took the entire circus, which would mean he had to shut down his store in New York for the better part of a year. How was none of this important enough to mention?
The romance between Barnum and the lady who could sing was a predictable plot twist, and one I’m not sure if I believe played out like the movie showed. I’m sure Barnum denied any affair, and it was nice of the move makers to go along with that, but I’m not sure I buy it.
In the end, I’d say it was an okay movie. I’d say to steer clear if you don’t like musicals though, but it was a colorful rags to riches tale.