It's showtime! Watch now as Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Keala Settle perform the world’s first LIVE movie commercial for The #GreatestShowman! In theaters December 20.
Posted by Greatest Showman on Sunday, December 17, 2017
In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.
The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank.
Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote original songs for The Greatest Showman, wrote the 2012 stage musical A Christmas Story which, we all know was based on the 1984 movie that was inspired by the Jean Shepherd book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.
The Greatest Showman, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, also stars Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson and opens in theaters on December 20. The film is looking to be this season’s musical contender. It recently nabbed three Golden Globe nominations including Best Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Hugh Jackman as well as Best Original Song for the film’s inspiring anthem “This Is Me” which is on its way to being the “Let It Go” of awards season.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.