The Greatest Showman ★★★

I went in expecting it to be terrible and instead it surprisingly won me over. The plot is predictable & follows a traditional trajectory, most characters are thinly drawn, the music is VERY "overproduced", and there's a bit of questionable CGI. But it's loud, colorful, confidently directed, and crowd-pleasing: it's hard to be too mad at a film that just wants everybody to accept everybody and have a good time. Turn off your brain and just enjoy the silly glitz.

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