It’s holiday break at Idaho State University which means I have plenty of time to go see movies. Most recently I went to go see The Greatest Showman, rated PG. This film is a musical that tells us the story of P.T. Barnum and his circus. I’d give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. I was definitely impressed.
Hugh Jackman shines in this flick. His performance as the ultra-charismatic P.T. Barnum is convincing and entertaining to watch. And MAN can the guy sing. Jackman presents Barnum to us in a way that makes us feel like we want to love him despite the numerous poor choices he makes. Throughout the movie I found myself saying “come on man, you should know better than this!” It did great things for the narrative. In the film, Barnum was a wonderful man who got carried away with his success. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if he would ever redeem himself.
Zac Efron and Zendaya’s love story was one of my favorite parts of the film. Because the movie was about Barnum though, I felt like I didn’t get quite as much of this arc as I wanted. Now I’ll admit that I am a hopeless romantic and a sucker for a good love story, so maybe that’s why I felt shorted by the couple’s lack of screen time, but regardless, I wish there was more. Their song, however, was amazing and the choreography during the number was amazing.
The third group of characters the movie follows are the performers in Barnum’s circus. These people are all outcasts from society. They spend the movie searching for a place in the world, eventually finding it in the circus. Despite all of Barnum’s shortcomings, the performers realize that they are strongest and happiest together. They form a family, the likes of which no one has ever seen before (literally, because each person is so unique). The movie spoke very strongly about diversity and inclusion. It’s message was beautiful and heard loud and clear.
All in all, I thought The Greatest Showman was a great film. The soundtrack was great, the story was compelling, and the characters were very enjoyable to watch on screen. I laughed, gasped, got emotional. If you’re a fan of musicals you should definitely go see it. If you don’t like musicals, wait for it to come out on Redbox and give it a watch anyway!