Films

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Director: Michael Gracey
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

★★★☆☆

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Films

Dreamgirls (2006)

Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Tom Eyen (based on the original broadway production book by), Bill Condon (screenplay)
Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

★★✮☆☆

Films

Walking on Sunshine (2014)

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Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Stars: Greg Wise, Annabel Scholey, annah Arterton, Giulio Berruti

Set to the music of popular hit songs from the 1980s. A beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf, and has invited her sister Taylor to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life.

★★★☆☆

Films

Les Misérables (2012)

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Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

I haven’t read the book, that’s why I had to see the 90s film first because I don’t know how the plot goes. I only know some of the songs in the musical, popularized by Lea Salonga. I didn’t bother to look up the stage play in Youtube, as well. Having said that, I was expecting too much about the film, because everyone is talking about it, about how wonderful the film is. It is hyped. That’s why when I saw the real deal, I was like, meh, that’s it? When the film’s over, my friend asked me if I cried. I said, actually I was waiting for me to burst into tears, too. But it didn’t happen. I like the film. The actors were good (Hugh Jackman was great!). I don’t know what was lacking, or maybe there’s nothing really lacking, maybe I was just expecting too much.

I wanna see it on stage, maybe I’ll love it more.

★★★✮☆

Films

Rock of Ages (2012)

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Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

When this first came out of the cinemas, I had mixed feelings about seeing it, since I wasn’t sure if other stars (especially Tom Cruise) can pull their characters off. I saw it because my a friend says it gets better after the intro.

I actually find it cute, and funny. 🙂

★★★✮☆