You know when you hear a lot about a movie, but you’re kind of worried it won’t live up to the hype? That’s not the case with The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron.
I remember when I first saw a commercial for the film. It looked a bit odd and cheesy. Honestly, I thought it’d be a flop. But while scrolling Facebook one day, I came across a clip of Hugh Jackman singing one of the songs.
Not only was the song really good, but the passion he exuded and the story he was telling captured my attention. I took to google and began devouring any piece of content I could about the film. Then I downloaded The Greatest Showman soundtrack and became completely hooked. I knew this movie was going to be good!
The Greatest Showman is the story of P.T Barnum and his rise to success, essentially creating what we know as show business. He forms a team of society’s outcasts and turns them into performing acts on a stage, drawing crowds and scandal. But when his success reaches a point even he imagined it couldn’t, he’s faced with the possibility of losing everything.
Obviously, this movie is a musical: and it’s a good one! Unlike Hugh Jackmans previous musical role, Les Miserables, there is normal dialogue. Ah, my husband rejoices!
The music is emotional and full of life. And be warned, it’s the kind of soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days. “This is Me” will have you sobbing in your seat and leave you wanting to applaud in the theatre. For real, I had to hold myself back, ya’ll.
This story is one of finding acceptance, challenging the status quo, and chasing your dreams. It’s a reminder that fame is not everything and that at the end of the day, your family is what matters most. Those are lessons I can get on board with promoting!
Considering taking the kids? You actually can! Other then one scene with a fair amount of alcoholic shots being taken and one characters large bust, this movie was clean. No language and no sex. I would be completely comfortable watching it in front of my kids, but I’d say 8+ would be a good age for a focused viewing.
There are a lot of positive conversations that can come from it. Is being different truly a bad thing?
So, does The Greatest Showman live up to the hype? Oh yes. And then some! This is my new favourite movie and I will absolutely be seeing it again while in theatres. Hopefully sooner than later.
Have you gone to see The Greatest Showman yet? I’d love to know what you thought!