The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams star in this new story of the real P.T. Barnum in this LA LA Land type of musical. This movie is going to be this years LA LA Land, as it has the same feel, and made by many of the same people. This is very good by any measure, and will be enjoyed by many.
Great music, and solid production numbers, and some by any account, are simply breathtaking. This story moves along nicely, has something to say, says it, and finishes up. This is only about 1 hour 45 and that is plenty. This is not a "total" musical like Les Mis, but is more like the more modern LA LA Land.
Jackman is great, and I have yet to see a movie where Williams isn't brilliant. She is quietly become Hollywood's best actress. I love her in this.
The Greatest Showman. Quite good, and good for the whole family.
You know, you kind of have to like this flick, even if it's full of guilty pleasure laughs, and some juvenile humor. This does grow a heart and is not exactly what you think it will be. This stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close and a bunch of others in a story where two 40 somethings go looking for their biological father.
This is crass, crude and silly at times, but in the end, there is a story here and, twists and turns you won't see coming. Yes, this sells out at times for some stupid laughs, but overall this is far better than its packaging. Is this going to win an Oscar? Well no, but this is generally OK for most to see, and will be a nice getaway when you need to get out of the house and laugh over Christmas.
Father Figures. Better than you may think.
It would be very tough to release a movie that is better timed in its release than this one. Jumanji is the continuation of sorts of the 1996 original and it is updated very nicely for the new century and more up to date movie making. This stars, The Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and a really nice supporting cast, that is well casted and flat out funny.
This time, our heroes go inside the game of Jumanji instead of the game coming to them. The effects are fun, the script is very solid and the imagination here is really the star. It would have been very easy to make the same movie over again, but they did not. This does a great job of tipping the cap to the original and just keeping the fun going.
Many people may wonder why this has been rebooted, and the answer is clear. This is funny, entertaining and virtually good for everyone to see. This by the numbers will be no Star Wars, but this will be the family fun movie of the Christmas season.
Jumanji. Flat out fun. Well done!
The Shape Of Water
This is nominated for a ton of Golden Globes and there is a lot to like here. This movie has a huge check in the positive category. It is an original. A story you have not seen told this way before. Although this borrows a few "feels" from some classic stories, TSOW, is an original.
It takes place in 1962 in Cold War America, Baltimore being precise. The US Government has captured a "swamp type creature" in the Amazon, and brought him to America. Many think he could provide keys to winning the space race with the Soviet Union, as he possesses many incredible traits. Problem is, he's a creature, and there are those that want to kill him and examine him. All except a young, lonely, pretty, and mute woman, Elisa. She is on the cleaning crew.
She falls in love with the creature, and he with her. And you can take it from there. The question is, can he be saved, and can they be "together" forever? There are moments this is really nice, and exciting, and there are moments this is really - weird! This overall looks great and takes you back to 1962 very well, and is very original.
The Shape Of Water. An acquired taste.