Undeniably, ‘The Greatest Showman’ is set to be one of the biggest movie releases of 2018 and I was absolutely desperate to see it (mostly because I have an interest in any film that Zac Efron is part of). After reading Katie’s Sanctuary’s post “5 Reasons You Need to See ‘The Greatest Showman’” post I only wanted to see it even more, but was worried it would be one of those movies that everyone hypes up and that I would be left feeling a little disappointed. After finally seeing the film for myself, I can confirm it is one of the most beautiful films I have seen in such a long time and I had to share my full opinion with you all.
‘The Greatest Showman’ follows the story of how P.T. Barnum, a man who was orphaned, made redundant and who came from nothing, followed his dreams and imagination (despite critics) and created a circus show that became a worldwide spectacular, while also providing a home, a family and a purpose for the outcasts of society who were looked down upon, who are the stars of his show. He hosts a show full of extraordinary acts that cause the audience to both stare and cheer, but gambles it all on the opera singer Jenny Lind in order to appeal to higher society, who don’t approve of his original show, causing him to somewhat lose sight of his original dream and why he started it all.
When leaving the cinema, I was well and truly shook (to say the least). There seemed to be a surprise around every corner and something I wasn’t expecting. Although I am 100% a softy when it comes to watching an emotional film, I haven’t cried that much at a movie in a long time. There were tears STREAMING down my face at so many different points throughout, though it was mostly happy tears. Don’t get me wrong, here were some heart-breaking moments throughout the film, but the message behind it all was mostly positive, that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to, no matter what background you come from or what society thinks.
Since seeing the film, I have been absolutely obsessed with the soundtrack. My favourite song has to be ‘Rewrite the Stars’, closely followed by ‘The Greatest Show’, ‘Come Alive‘ and ‘The Other Side’. Each song is so uplifting and has such a positive message behind it, much like the entire film, which is all about celebrating diversity and being different, which could not be more important in today’s society.
The casting is also incredible. Hugh Jackman is the perfect lead, Zendaya is stunning and I somehow manage to fall more and more in love with Zac Efron with every role he plays. The partnership between Barnum (Jackman) and Carlyle (Efron) is perfect. Honestly, perfect is the only way I can describe this spectacular as a whole. Simply perfect.
I genuinely could not recommend ‘The Greatest Showman’ anymore, it is a film that everyone needs to see and appreciate its beauty and message. I left the cinema feeling emotional, yet positive and inspired by the story and its characters and I’m sure you will too.
Thanks for reading,