The Greatest Showman Review

Wow, what a movie. I don’t like to think of myself as a dramatic person, or even someone who loves the excitement of drama, but this movie completely captured me. At more than one point I had goosebumps.

Nothing is quite so exciting as music and the magic it brings to our lives – and The Greatest Showman has plenty of great music. The music gave soul to the movie like the musicals of yesteryear, but with a modern twist. There’s something about it that made me feel like I could conquer the world!

Of course, I know I will wake up tomorrow and go back to drinking 4 cups of coffee a day while trying to keep up with my one-year-old daughter as she constantly ricochets off the walls, but you have to live in the moment!

Content

  • Violence – Minimal
  • Alcohol use – Moderate
  • Swearing – Minimal
  • Sex scenes – No
  • Sexual innuendos – Moderate
  • Inappropriate clothing – Yes
  • Appropriate for children – Yes (Please consider your child’s unique tolerance for violence as there are some small fighting scenes, depending on your child’s age you may not find this movie suitable)
  • Humour – Minimal
  • Acting quality – Fantastic
  • Story quality – Fantastic
  • Overall entertainment – Fantastic

Overview

Set in the early 1800s this movie tells the story of P.T Barnum (Hugh Jackman) the first man to produce a circus act. As a young man from a poor family, he falls in love with a pretty, rich girl, Charity (Michelle Williams) and dreams of the world he could make with her.

Eventually they marry without the approval of her father and go on to live their lives as normal people, until the company Barnum works for goes bankrupt. He choses to take a risk and begin his dreams with the goal of giving Charity the life she deserves. Through many trials he loses sight of that goal and strives to rise above his distasteful upbringing and become recognised in high society.

Please note there may be spoilers ahead.

Review

I have always loved Hugh Jackman’s work. He is a brilliant actor and I enjoy the way he portrays the humanity of his characters.

The Greatest Showman brings to light something we can all so easily overlook: when we see someone famous that the entire world knows, all we see is who they are and where they are now. We don’t think about the person who worked tirelessly to become who we now see. Unless we walk beside them to see the journey they have gone through, it’s hard to imagine just how hard it might have been for them to become the sensation they are now. And that is exactly what this movie does.

It shows us the journey Barnum took, the work he put in, and the sacrifices he made to become who we know today.

We are so often told, “You can be anyone you want to be!” and it feels like it’s meant to be so easy. In reality, it means hard work and even rejection before our goal is achieved.

Some lovely principles come through as Barnum looks to hire people who the rest of the world shuns as hideous beasts – even their own families. But Barnum sees their potential and respects them as equals, giving them a life they couldn’t have dreamed of.

Zac Efron has never been one of my favourite actors, not since the days of High School Musical and all my teenage friends pining over him like a puppy. However, he did fit the part of Phillip Carlyle the smitten rich kid very well. The love song he sings with Anne (Zendaya) is beautiful and very romantic, if a little inappropriate with Anne dressed in her tiny Trapeze get-up.

Charity was my favourite character because of her loyalty and the simple, powerful act of loving Barnum without the fireworks and without the promise of money or fame. Just loving him for the man he was. She knew something we should all remember: fame and money do not bring us closer to the ones we love, it only shows us what we truly love. Nothing is so precious as spending time with those close to us, because time is something we can never earn back, and we can’t know when it will run out.

As for any disappointments I had… I would say there weren’t any – though I did find the scene with Queen Victoria quite odd. I didn’t think Gayle Rankin was a particularly good pick of actress, and Queen Victoria’s entire attitude made the scene feel rather awkward.

And that’s all I have for The Greatest Showman. Please tell me what you thought in the comments below!


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Her passion for organisation and administration was born from helping her father with his business. It was there she discovered her love for spreadsheets, invoices and filing.

Today she tackles her biggest challenge yet… keeping Ancel and Dan on track and organised.

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