Review: The Greatest Showman

Review: The Greatest ShowmanThe Greatest Showman by Michael Gracey
Released by 20th Century Fox on 4 January 2018
Genres: Musical
Length: 1h 45m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson

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

I’m going to be honest with you – I had no idea what this movie was about before seeing it. I probably saw a trailer or two, read Hugh Jackman’s tweets and Facebook posts about it, but that was just about it. I went into the cinema with very few expectations – though they were all positive – and they were met by a thousand.

The Greatest Showman tells us the story of P.T. Barnum, the creator of possibly one of the biggest circuses in the world. Loosely based on his early life, we see as Barnum gets the idea for his show, holds ‘auditions’ for his show and we also see a bit of a ‘darker’ side to fame and glory. All accompanied by song and dance. Definitely my kind of movie!

There are a total of 11 songs in this entire movie, 11 amazing songs, might I add, because since acquiring the album I have skipped none of them. Seriously the songs are what made this movie amazing, in my opinion. I did enjoy the story, but what stayed with me most of all were the performances. I’ve never been to a circus before, it’s never really appealed to me, but after seeing this movie – I want to go to one. (I am aware that it’s probably not going to be as spectacular as this movie is, yes).

The cast was superb, of course. We had Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum – and I love Hugh. He played one of my favourite mutants ever for a very long time and he’s just a lovely person IRL. Next, we have Zac Efron (this time he definitely sang his songs all by himself!) and Zendaya. Then there’s Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson, and of course the amazing cast of ‘misfits’ from Barnum’s circus – they were the best part of this movie, to be honest. This Is Me is quite possibly the best song in this entire movie, hands down.

Outside of the songs, I have to admit the story didn’t captivate me as much as it probably should have – yes I did enjoy it very much, but like I said I’ve never really been that interested in the circus. I loved Barnum and his family and I felt sad when everything seemed to fall apart, but you know – the songs and the cast are what made the movie worthwhile, in my opinion.

If you do love the circus and want to see a loosely based biography of P.T. Barnum’s life, go see this movie. If you loved Les Misérables, go see this movie. If you want to leave the cinema with a big smile on your face and songs that will never leave your head, go see this movie. Seriously, why are you still here? Go – and see The Greatest Showman in the cinema (it’s definitely worth it!)

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