Review: ‘The Greatest Showman’ lights the world on fire

There’s only two types of people in the world; The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe

It’s been quite awhile since Zac Efron, better known as Zefron, has let the world hear his beautiful singing voice. Almost 10 years to be exact. When I heard that Zefron would be singing again in “The Greatest Showman,” angels came down from above. Then he was in a movie with Zendaya and Hugh Jackman. I was sold.

“The Greatest Showman” follows the tale of P.T. Barnum and the creation of the infamous Barnum and Bailey Circus. It’s not a true representation of the tale but rather “inspired” by it. The acting in the movie is amazing. Everyone does their best in the movie. Even when the plot doesn’t full have the depth, especially towards the end, the cast makes up for it the best they can. Honestly, the casting was on point with this movie.

The plot of the movie is something that is less to be desired. There really isn’t anything too exciting for it. It was a great movie but the story that it was telling didn’t keep my interest that well. It was more of a storytelling issue. While we all know that Britney Spears really invented the Circus back in 2008, “The Greatest Showman” didn’t make me care about P.T. Barnum story. It has all the stuff there to make the story shine but it just didn’t click right. When it did click right, it was the musical numbers. Those were the best part of the movie.

The music for this movie is the highlight. All the songs are really well produced and extremely catchy. The vocals are so strong from everyone in the cast. Obviously, “This is Me” is the song that everyone has talked about. “This is Me” deserves all the praise it gets because it’s the best song on there. It’s an extremely powerful that anyone that has been outcasted for being different can relate to.

The Verdict

“The Greatest Showman” is a great movie. The numbers, the acting, and the music are great. The movie falls short when it came to the plot. It didn’t have the depth to really make this movie stick out. I do recommend this movie if you are looking for a fun musical to watch. It’s worth the watch.

Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Movie Review: ‘Baywatch’ saves the summer


There’s been a lot of television shows that have been rebooted into a movie franchise of some sort. This is the case yet again with the hit 90’s television show “Baywatch.” For those that didn’t see the original television show, it just followed a team of lifeguards as they balanced drowning, serial killers, endangered animals, murder, petty arguments, sexual tension, and love. It’s also known for running in slow motion down a beach.

”Baywatch” follows the same premise as the television show, except for it doesn’t capture the slow motion boob bouncing as the original. The movie follows the Baywatch lifeguards as they investigate a series of murders that happen at their beach as well as drugs that keep washing up on shore. The movie is an action comedy that takes itself too seriously while at the same time making fun of the fact that they are lifeguards acting like police without any training or jurisdiction to do so. This movie doesn’t know what kind of movie that it wants to be. It works for the movie and at the same time, it also makes you wonder just what you are watching. The movie opens with a guy getting his erect penis stuck in-between the wooden boards in a chair to the intense action sequence involving slow motion diving that shows of dem abs on Zac Efron. At first, it kind of leaves you like “what.the.fuck?” and then you just kind of get used to it.

The cast itself is very good. The comedic timing of everyone is on point. It’s the inappropriate comedy when it’s trying to be serious that hurts the film. Yeah, it helps lighten the mood but it’s too much sometimes.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron work really well together. I want more of them together. Like give me an entire movie with them and it will be a great movie. The other highlight of the casting is the fact two of the original “Baywatch” cast is in the movie as their characters, whose names are also in the film with two different actors playing them. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also interact with the new counterparts but it’s just kind of bland. While no one questions why they share the same names, it still good to see the two big name that made the original series. It also shows that this is a more of a continuation of the franchise.

“Baywatch” is a good movie that is extremely enjoyable to watch. It’s fun to watch but the fact it goes from serious to comedy hurts the good film. The cast is the best part of the films because they work together so well. I hope there’s a sequel because I would love to see more of Dwayne and Zac Efron.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Pop Project Explains: High School Musical



We’re soaring, flying!

Since I love crushing childhood memories, I thought it was long overdue to explain “High School Musical.” Welcome to the end of your childhood on this edition of “Pop Project Explains.” ‘We’re All in This Together” so let’s just jump into it. Warning now: this is freaking long. There’s a lot of things to go over.


What is “High School Musical?”

Please note that I’m only explaining the first movie and not the entire franchise. I don’t want to send people into shock. Also, I think we can all agree that the first movie is the most messed up than the other two. Oh, this will have spoilers so if you haven’t seen “High School Musical” then you need to question the life choices you have made up to this point. Just go watch it, it’s a need.

“High School Musical” follows Troy and Gabrielle as the lose their musical virginities. They met on winter vacation while being peer pressured and forced to sing karaoke in what looked like the Cagefighting version of karaoke. Two singers enter, one song dies. They both ended up attending East High together as Gabrielle moved to the school district for plot purposes. Oh, and her mother got a new job. Gabrielle’s mom apparently can’t hold down a job. It’s so bad that she has to promise the company that she won’t move again until after Gabrielle graduates.

Gabrielle’s mother is a rolling stone. And where is her father in all of this? Are we suppose to just assume that he’s dead? Or is he okay with the fact that his daughter keeps getting moved around the country? Kenny Ortega, why didn’t you tell us this? For purpose of this “Pop Project Explains,” I’m going with that her father is dead because it’s a Disney movie. In Disney movies, at least one or both parents is dead at some point. Man, Disney movies are fucked up.

We are introduced some of the cliques of the school, which aren’t anything like the cliques you would fine in a high school. They are all too attractive and throwing slurs at each other. Chaos ensues as literally every character that has lines are in the same homeroom because of the plot. Gotta love plot conveniences! After the Disney’s version of “it was my first time, I’ve never done anything like that” sex conversation in the hallway,  Troy and Gabrielle stop and talk about the audition for the winter musical before we are introduced officially to Sharpay Evans, the bitch of the school who’s supposed to be the antagonist but is really more of the protagonist.

Sharpay also has a brother named Ryan who is pretty much her bitch. They are the leads in every play. Lead characters usually fall in love with each other. Everyone just pretty much ignores that and I will too….for now.

Sharpay sees Gabrielle as a threat and in her own mean slightly nice way, sets her up with the Taylor and the Academic decathlon because stereotyping is allowed. Gabrielle is smart so it only makes it right to she wants to join the Academic Decathalon. Don’t worry, Taylor and Gabrielle keep the stereotyping alive and well by speaking to the cheerleaders in a valley girl like way about Troy Bolton. Because both of their friends pretty much shamed them about liking new things, Troy and Gabrielle sneak into the auditorium like they are wanted for a felony just to watch the auditions. How fucking sad is that? They also see Sharpay castrate the person who wrote the show, Kelcie. What a bitch and yet, she’s the most likable person in this entire movie.

Let’s talk about the fact that Sharpay and Ryan are auditioning together with a love song. Am I the only one who finds it very wrong that Ms. Darbus, the drama club/homeroom teacher, is letting brother and sister audition for the lead role of people who are in love? Do people think that theatrical incest is okay? What is Disney trying to teach us with them? It is so messed up that I’m at a loss for words. Anyways, Troy and Gabriella show themselves but Darbus denies their audition because it’s over. They help Kelcie and give her some words of encouragement before she plays them the song Sharpay and her “brother” sing but the way it’s supposed to sound.

It is here that we are introduced to the biggest plot hole in the entire musical franchise: HOW THE FUCKING HELL DO THEY KNOW HOW TO READ SHEET MUSIC IF THEY HAVE LITTLE TO NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE???? Explain that to me, Kenny Ortega! Let’s hear your explanation on how the plot centers around two characters that have never done musical theater before can magically read sheet music. It’s like giving two toddlers the keys to your car and having them drive perfectly fine without knowing how or reaching the pedals. And don’t say YouTube because that wasn’t a think in 2006.

Ms. Darbus apparently hear them after leaving because she has ears like a hawk and gives them a callback even though she just denied them a few seconds ago. East High has just too many problems. Troy and Gabrielle getting a callback is apparently the worst thing that has happened because it sends everyone into a song and dance number in the cafeteria where the “Status Quo” gets shaken up because of all the cliques are pretty much shaming their friends because they like something that they find wrong. Can you believe this is a Disney movie? And where is the lunch aid during all of this to break up the music number? Are they hiding in fear of getting hit or trampled? And how come none of these students are getting detention for this? If I did this at my high school, I would be in big trouble.

After Troy’s father and his best friend openly say they aren’t fans of what Gabrielle is doing to him, the basketball team and the Academic decathlon team come together to break up Troy and Gabrielle so they could just focus on the bigger picture: Winning. They were more worried about winning and than their friend’s happiness. It’s the most realistic High School thing about this movie. Oh, Troy and Gabrielle’s friends are supposed to be the protagonist of the film too. The basketball team got Troy to say that he wouldn’t do the callback and would forget about Gabrielle in order to make them happy. The decathlon team wired it up so Troy would appear on the laptop saying those things during a Powerpoint presentation they made for Gabrielle.

The real kicker is that they got it all on camera and Gabrielle didn’t even question why he was on there like that. For a genius, she’s lacking some common sense. Anyone else would think of the bigger picture and wonder how they got that footage. And how doesn’t Troy notice the webcam and the laptop open? Too many basketballs to the head cause his vision to be bad?

Both become extremely depressed not high functioning members of the teams that they are stars of and their so-called friends realize “oh, shit we fucked up.” The two teams come clean about how they were assholes. Gabrielle doesn’t care as Troy really hurt her feelings. Troy later visits Gabrielle to apologize but she doesn’t show up at the door. So he breaks an entering and end ups calling her on the phone and standing on her balcony outside her bedroom. What parent gives their teenager a balcony with doors? That’s just asking for problems. If only Gabrielle’s father wasn’t dead.  It’s here that we come to the second biggest plot hole of the franchise: TROY SINGING ON THE BALCONY DOESN’T SOUND LIKE HE NORMALLY DOES!!

We all know the reason behind that but it still. Do they just think no one will notice? It’s very very noticeable. TROY BOLTON SINGING DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THAT!!?! Anyways, Troy and Gabrielle makeup and we fade out on them smiling at each other with love in their eyes because they are going to “practicing music.” They really probably getting it on. Think about, if Gabrielle’s mother knocks on the door, Troy can just escape off out the balcony and no one will notice.

Everything is right in the world with a happy montage until the incestuous bitchy twins get the date of the audition moved to the same day as the big game and the academic decathlon, which would never happen in a real world because that’s too much money being use by the school besides the fact it’s making people/fans pick if they like sports, theatre, or academics. I’m also pretty sure you would have to get approval for that. But the assholes come together to create a plan that will allow Troy and Gabrielle to do everything.

Their plan you ask: release toxic gas in the air that may or may not kill everyone and cause a power surge in the gymnasium that could start a fire or make things explode. Again, these people are supposed to be the protagonists of the film. This all occurs with a montage of the twins performance, the game, and the decathlon. It’s a cluster fuck montage. Everyone is forced into the auditorium for “safety reasons” aka plot conveniences. This allows them to watch Troy and Gabrielle perform and are shocked at how good they are. We also see the shock on their parent’s faces. Which is stupid because they probably heard them practicing at home.

This is where the movie ends as they win the game, the decathlon, and the parts because it’s Disney. Sharpay is somewhat happy about being the understudy, which makes no sense character wise. She was ruthless and trying to get the role at any cost and then she’s just suddenly okay with not getting it? There’s also the big dance number about how “We’re All in This Together” and being there for each other. So we are just going to forget about the peer pressuring, the stereotyping, and bullying? Yes, because it is a Disney film.

I hope your childhood was ruined by this “Pop Project Explains” just like mine was researching it. The movie isn’t a bad movie. It’s just fucked up with the plot points. The movie does have a very good message…it’s just the subliminal messages that make you go “that’s not right.” You’re welcome for this.

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Zac Efron goes undercover in new ‘Baywatch’ Trailer


The newest trailer for the greatest lifeguard buddy cop film ever “Baywatch.” Yes, this type exists and it looks like it’s going to be a grand old time. A slow running lifeguard buddy cop film.

Based off the 90s television show of the same name, which might as well been porn for your eyes because mostly everyone on the show was extremely attractive and wearing tight swimwear, “Baywatch” follows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron starring as two lifeguards who aren’t really getting along but must come together in order to solve a crime that occurred at the beach. There’s probably more to the plot but that literally all they have been showing The Rock and Zefron together. There’s other in the cast but they really aren’t shown in the most of the trailers. There are hints of them here in there but that’s it.

The movie looks funny and an enjoyable time, but there needs to be more to the trailers. While The Rock and Zefron are a good pair together comedically, we get that already. It would be nice to see the duo interact with the other actors in the movie for longer than a couple of seconds. It would also be funny if they would tie in the 90s show somehow into the trailer beside the character’s name.

It also needs to that there’s more to the plot of this film that what the trailer meets the eye. While I don’t want it to reveal it all, I just want to see if the plot of the movie is as transparent as it seems or if there is more to it. If the plot is that thin, then the movie is going to be one of those “it’s funny but stupid fun.” Not like the 21 Jump Street movies where it was funny and had a decent plot.

Overall, the trailer isn’t bad and makes the movie look like it’s going to be an amazing time. It just would be nice to feature more of the cast in the trailer beside The Rock and Zac Efron. We know they are hilarious, but what about the others? The plot leaves more to than imagination that it should.

Here’s the new trailer for you to enjoy:

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