USA | 2017 | 105 min | biography, musical, drama
1 h 45 min
Hugh Jackman, Eric Anderson, Keala Settle, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman
Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his father, a tailor, work for the Hallett family. Young Barnum falls in love with Charity Hallet (Michelle Williams). Charity's father, Mr. Hallett (Fredric Lehne), does not approve of this relationship and decides to send her daughter to boarding school. Barnum promises Charity that they will not be separated. They write letters to each other, meet grown up and get married. A young family poorly lives in New York and has two daughters. Charity is happy, she has everything she wanted, but Barnum wants more from life, he is full of ambition.
Barnum works in the shipping company, but it bankrupt and he was fired. He takes a big loan from a bank against the sinking ships of his former employers and buys a museum in the center of Manhattan, where models made from wax are provided. To increase sales, he follows the advice of his daughters to add something «live». Barnum is negotiating with various «freaks» who will be «lively models». The museum is gaining popularity.
Barnum continues to develop his business and meets the playwright Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and convinces him to join. Carlyle falls in love with circus actress Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), a trapeze master. Carlyle arranges a meeting with Queen Victoria (Gayle Rankin) for Barnum and his troupe. On this visit, Barnum meets the famous singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson), he convinces her to sing in America and to make him a manager. Due to inequality, Barnum and Carlyle hide their close contact with the «freaks» from people.
While Barnum is touring with the singer Lind, Charity takes care of children and misses her husband. During the tour, Lind falls in love with Barnum, but he refuses her. She cancels the tour, but during the last performance makes a farewell kiss, which is photographed by journalists. Barnum returns home and sees his circus on fire due to the fight between the protesters and the troupe. Carlyle, fearing that his beloved is in a burning building, runs inside. Barnum notices Wheeler outside and goes into the burning building to save Carlyle.
Rumors about Barnum’s relationship with the singer reach New York, the wife picks up the children and leaves. Carlyle is in hospital with severe injuries. The circus burned out and Barnum became depressed and began to drink. His troupe finds him in a pub and persuades to restore the circus. Now he decides not to dream of a high position in society, but to concentrate on work and family. He restores the relationship with his wife.
Barnum has no money, banks no longer lend to him, but Carlyle offers his money and partnership. They create a new circus in the open air, which is becoming very popular. Barnum hands over control to Carlyle and retires to spend more time with his family.
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Keelani 08 October 2018 в 18:23
I liked this movie. Hugh Jackman is really great in every movie!