Film Review - The Greatest Showman

Hello everyone, welcome back.

As the title of this post suggests, I have been to see The Greatest Showman. I have to admit that I've actually been twice to see it now and I'm completely obsessed. 

When I first went to see it, I hadn't seen the trailer and was just going because it was a film that mum wanted to see. I didn't think for one moment I would enjoy it so much that as soon as it was over, I was dying to see it again. 

From the very beginning, I was mesmerised. For those of you who don't know, the film is about the life of P T Barnum and how he started the Barnum & Bailey circus. The film starts off with an all singing, all dancing cast performing in the circus, before travelling back through Barnum's childhood and early adulthood briefly. 

Within minutes, you're attention is captured with Barnum's childhood moving from happiness to sadness & struggles, before quickly portraying love blossoming with his childhood sweetheart. The rollercoaster story continues as you watch Barnum's family grow, full of happiness and love, despite employment struggles. All the while, the catchy songs only enhance the film.

The story then switches to Barnum, thinking one step again and making a quick decision that will change the course of his life and fortune completely. Here is where the circus begins and you fall in love with the characters. Of course Hugh Jackman is as great as always throughout the film, whilst Michelle Williams accompanied him perfectly, with the connection between the two seeming so real. Eric Anderson carried off the image of loveable rogue, with just the right amount of comedy. If you thought you could get your High School Musical fix with Zac Efron singing, you may be disappointed, because he plays a much more grown up and cocky man in this film. Lastly, I couldn't talk about the cast without mentioning one of my favourites - Keala Settle. I'd never heard of her previously, however all I can say is wow what an amazing and powerful voice! For me, the character she plays steals the show and you instantly feel for her and her story. 

The music flows completely alongside the film, with some catchy numbers as well as some ballads in between. The great thing is, the songs are amazing on their own and so, even if you haven't watched the film, you can still listen to and enjoy the soundtrack. Between my first and second visit to see The Greatest Showman, I did notice that the music enhanced the film even more because you could see in your mind exactly what they were singing about. 

The Greatest Showman is very much a rollercoaster of a film, showing the rise and fall of P T Barnum, of how greed and always wanting more can change a person and not always for the better. After watching the film, even after the first time, there was very much a morale to the story, in that you should appreciate all that you have because in a blink of an eye, it could all be gone. It also taught me how vain we are as a society and that I'm just as guilty as a lot of people for judging people by how they look. I thought I was quite an open minded person, but through watching this film, I realised that I sometimes judge people or put them in a certain category without even realising, when what should really matter is the person that's inside. 

Have you been to see The Greatest Showman yet? If so, I'd love to know what you thought of it!

Until next time



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