Hello everyone and welcome to my review blog! Today’s movie review is a musical marvel, released into the world at the end of 2017 and still going strong in the cinemas at this time, The Greatest Showman.
Released in December of 2017, The Greatest Showman is a musical drama that was inspired by the true story of Phineas Taylor Barnum (better known as P.T. Barnum). Directed by Australian director Michael Gracey (directorial debut) and written by Jenny Bicks (who also wrote for Sex and the City), the film stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum.
Set presumably during the 1800’s (the period during which the real life Barnum and Bailey circus was founded), the film’s story begins by recanting the tale of P.T Barnum’s humble beginnings with his father who worked as a Tailor. Sadly his father passes away early in his childhood and Phineas is left to fend for himself. But despite the hardships he endured during his childhood or perhaps maybe because of them, he dreams big and it is through those dreams and imagination that he creates the beginnings of a great show, P.T. Barnum’s Circus.
However, the hunger for success and cheers isn’t quite satisfied in the showman’s mind and as he continues to gamble on greater ventures to appease high society he begins to lose sight of what’s really important in his life, his family. Will P.T Barnum risk everything to be accepted by all or has he perhaps not forgotten where he came from?
The Greatest Showman, being a musical drama, has numerous songs throughout the film, with each one tailored magnificently to the story. The songs do not feel tiresome, in fact they provide a very real energy that not only compliments the scenes they are performed in but also enhances them. The songs and choreography are what makes this film great and Hugh Jackman’s performance is nothing short of extraordinary.
Overall a fantastic film that I would recommend everyone see at least once, in fact it was so good I went to see it twice in cinemas, something I have only done twice before and something I only do when a film really captivates or inspires me.
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”
– P.T. Barnum
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Glenn Stuart Tucker