Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman – poster courtesy 20th Century Fox.

Hugh Jackman recently revealed that The Greatest Showman took nearly seven years to come to full fruition. In the opening moments, I found myself extremely grateful that this story had time to sweeten into something spectacular.

This movie is a barrage of mesmerizing choreography, engaging character arcs, beautiful costumes, wild sets, and a soundtrack that will be on “repeat” in your head for the near future. Yet the most magical aspect of this film is the ridiculously talented cast that ties together this rendition of P.T. Barnum’s rise of fame.

Let’s talk about them for a moment here. Hugh Jackman himself has become a legendary showman  over the years and this film stands to show how absurdly accomplished he is. We got a version of his musical prowess in theatres five years ago with Les Misérables, yet he somehow stepped up his game even more so for this performance. However, Jackman is not the only one with theatrical talents resurfacing on the big screen. Zac Efron and Zendaya grew up showing off their talents with various Disney mediums, and it is refreshing to see their matured skills spun into a stellar love story. Keala Settle too is a remarkable sight, not only because of her appearance as The Bearded Lady, but also because of the raw emotion that fuels her performance of “This Is Me,” a feat that has received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.

“This Is Me” and the other addictive songs driving this story are the brainchildren of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. These 2016 Oscar winners spoiled audiences with La La Land’s “City of Stars” but it turns out they already conjured up a masterpiece of a soundtrack a few years previous for The Greatest Showman. I’m not sure if I should be furious at 20th Century Fox for not greenlighting this film sooner or delighted that it has arrived at a point where its themes and message are so pertinent to today’s society.

By now, I hope you’ve opened up another tab to look up movie times. Sure, the film has a few plot issues and everything seems to fix itself a little too easily and swiftly at the end, but what movie doesn’t have it’ faults? Alright, if you need a little more convincing, then I urge you to take six minutes out of your day to watch what may be a more religious experience than Christmas itself.

I’m serious, take a break from the circus that is the holidays and immerse yourself in this movie, because if Wolverine singing and dancing in a top hat isn’t enough for you, then I don’t know what is.

This is me giving the greatest show to grace theaters this year an 8.5/10 and extra props to director Michael Gracey for making P.T. Barnum’s story come alive.  – Olivia M. movie reviewer


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