The noblest art is that of making others happy – P.T. Barnum.
If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman, where the hell have you been? And, what have you been doing with your valuable time? Believe me when I say this – and I think I speak for everyone – this film is one of the spectacular, feel-good, amazing variety. Last night was the second time I went to see this cinematic beauty and I could very well return to the pictures and sit there for another two hours today, just to feel every single emotion that each word, lyric and note drums into you. I don’t think I could ever tire of The Greatest Showman, and here are just some of the reasons you gotta go and see it (over and over again!).
A FILM FOR ALL OF THE FAMILY
Now, I’m not being one of those adverts when I say this. The first time I saw The Greatest Showman I went with my family, including my dad (who does not do musicals – at all) and my eleven year old cousin. The spectrum is wide here. After the initial opening scene, I admit I was worried. I thought to myself Dad will not enjoy this. At all. However, I was surprised, especially as he leapt across the front of the screen after the credits rolled. To conclude, if my dad enjoyed it – it is possible that anyone can also do so, even those stubborn I-Hate-Song-And-Dance types.
IT’S COMPLETELY FEEL GOOD
From the songs to the dancing to the variety of characters of all shapes, sizes, colours and backgrounds; everything about it makes you want to jump up and dance along to the music in the cinema aisles. Audience members in the pictures even clapped once the credits started rolling last night. I think it is one that rivals Mamma Mia in that feel good factor. I am listening to the soundtrack as I write this and the urge to get up and dance around like a looney is a big one.
Not only is it completely feel good (words that I will continue to use because everything about TGS is feel good), but the soundtrack encompasses everything that the film has to offer. It has to as the majority of the words are expressed through song. There are entertaining songs that make you want to join in on the fun; empowering songs that make you want to believe in yourself; both uplifting and heart-breaking songs – within the same lyrics – that make you see the two sides to every story as well as their beginnings and endings. The entire music department has to be applauded in creating such incredible pieces, as well as the actors who portray every feeling and emotion.
The Greatest Showman is about one man with a dream: to be the greatest showman in the world. However, it boils down to so much more than that; it is about family, of all walks and backgrounds in life. It is about love. It is about coming together when you feel like the odd one out, different to the rest of society. It can be as a physical difference as portrayed in Barnum’s Circus, but also represents any kind of difference. The most empowering song on the soundtrack is This Is Me. The lyrics speak to everyone. We can only ever be ourselves, because how could we be anyone different. The challenge is to be proud of that.
HUGH JACKMAN & ZAC EFRON
There. I said it. Between Zac’s eyes and Hugh’s smile, it’s a glorious two hours.
THE ENTIRE CAST
Every single member of the cast brings something unique to the mesmerising circus that is The Greatest Showman. Despite hating the entire Jenny Lind storyline, you have to give it to Rebecca Ferguson; she is incredibly talented and Jenny Lind is not a character to be taken lightly. She knows what she wants and what she can do, but is insecure and hopeful when it comes to the love of another. P.T. Barnum is crazy and erratic and hopeful. He embodies every single person who has a dream. Charity Barnum (Michelle Williams) is beautiful and caring; she is the glue that holds a family together when P.T. runs away to follow his success. Lettie Luz is a vision and what a voice. Her soulful singing is what empowered me as an audience member. Zendaya’s portrayal of Anne Wheeler is fantastic; she brings a youthful innocence to the circus, but don’t be fooled: she isn’t one to shy away from in the public eye. As for Sam Humphrey – he brings the sarcastic humour, breaking any ice and drama-induced moment.
Whilst writing this very post, I have listened to the soundtrack for well over two hours, and have relished in the feel good factor and being tempted into being extremely proud of who I am. The film is a complete winner and definitely one that you will not regret experiencing.
How many times have you been to see The Greatest Showman? What do you love most about it?
Love, Faye xo