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Movie Review: The Greatest Showman

Published on 05 January 2018

by Eleni K, Carrybeans

What a way to end 2017 and start 2018!

The Greatest Showman : Spectacular in Every Sense

Let me just say it right now. The Greatest Showman definitely earns title of Movie of the Year for me. There is not a single thing in this movie musical that I can say I didn’t like or is out of place.

 

Without a doubt, it’s the greatest show

From Hugh Jackman’s exceptional bold acting, Zac Efron’s swooning looks of passion and Zendaya’s acrobatics to the bone-chilling-whistling-note-hitting Keala Settle (see how I’m going on), they all meet in a place of perfect harmony. And with the most energetic passionate ensembles, there’s power-packed energy that leaves you engaged and captivated until the very last scene of the movie.

Not only that, the seamless scene changes and on-point choreography by Ashley Wallen (Daniel Cloud Campos had a cameo as the bartender in the song “The Other Side”, by the way) was the cherry on top of the cake.

*The movie was so good that I watched it twice in a span of 3 days! Tee-hee!

 

Why? It’s all about coming alive

The Greatest Showman is the first full feature movie directed by Michael Gracey, an Australian director and visual effect artist. Having worked with Hugh Jackman (who delivered a remarkable performance as Phineas Taylor Barnum) in a commercial, the two partnered up after Jackman sent him a manuscript of the movie. Gracey was confirmed as its director in 2011. Yep! This movie started seven years ago, plus two because Jackman was casted in 2009.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, also known for their undeniable songwriting prowess, masterminded and wrote all the songs for this movie. The duo wrote La La Land’s songs, so ’nuff said.

They created amazing pieces such as “A Million Dreams” (my personal favourite), “This is Me”, “Never Enough” and who can forget the beautiful, heart-racing yet intimate duet between Zac Efron and Zendaya in “Rewrite the Stars” to name a few.

 

A celebration of a million dreams, acceptance and courage

The film touches on two integral part of humanity, the need for acceptance/belonging and the celebration of dreams and the courage to pursue it which. I believe this is what makes this movie musical so relational and close to audiences’ hearts.

Everyone and anyone can find themselves in this movie. When was the last time you dreamed and had the courage to pursue it? Would you forego the norms of society to achieve your goals, or even go after the person that has your heart?

What about fitting in? Are you struggling with it, to please everyone and make them like you?

Image Credit: Vogue.com

 

And so it’s time, for you and me, to rewrite the stars

More than enough has been said about the lack of factual representation of P.T. Barnum’s life. Setting that aside, this movie is art itself.

With an excellent cast and impeccable choreography, cinematography, and music, it brings about emotions of joy, the sense that it is possible to be what you want to be. That there is greatness in each of us so long as we have the courage to pursue it.

The world doesn’t need more criticism on what was wrong. The world needs more people who celebrate joy, happiness, dreams and courage — displayed in a film done exceptionally well. That’s exactly what The Greatest Showman gives you.

A solid 10/10 from me and if you haven’t watched it, GO!

 

What do you think of the movie? Tell us in the comment section below.

If you love musicals, check out our review of Pitch Perfect 3.

Featured Image Credit: Indiewire.com

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