The Greatest Show on Earth Reviews
Entertaining. This is Cecil B DeMille's homage to the Big Top and being a Cecil B DeMille movie means a massive production. No extravagance or expense is spared and the movie is incredibly grand in scale. We see and feel the size, wonder, enchantment and entertainment of the circus, it is that confronting.
Plot is fairly average though. The main plot - the love triangle - feels overwrought and clumsy. Most of the sub-plots, especially the fraudster, feel silly and contrived. The only plot-line that was reasonably engaging was the Buttons the Clown one, and that had limited coverage.
Narration is also off-putting, being overly dramatic and superlative-filled. It was like watching a WW2 propaganda documentary.
Can't generally fault the performances though. Charlton Heston over-acts, but know to expect that. Betty Hutton is wonderful as Holly - bubbly, athletic and vivacious. And speaking of visual delights, there's Gloria Grahame...
While being the biggest star in the movie, James Stewart, only has a supporting role. And his face is covered for the entire movie...
(Full review coming soon)