Loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum.
Very loosely based.
Starting with the casting of Hugh Jackman, who looks nothing at all like Barnum and therefore breaks a possible link of sympathy Barnum had for his “oddities and curiosities.”
But don’t come to this movie expecting the life of Barnum anyway.
It’s all about the spectacle …
… and all about the performances and especially the songs.
And there are more songs here than actual plot.
But that doesn’t matter. This is a spectacle and worth seeing.
I’m glad I did.