Hugh Jackman has done it again…
It was only a few months ago that I watched Les Misérables for the first time (I know, very late to the party), I was blown away by Jackman, and I was delighted to see him singing in a musical again which has been directed by Michael Gracey.
The score for this musical is truly beautiful, from the main song ‘Greatest Show’ all the way through to ‘This is me’, you won’t find a song that doesn’t impress.
Where some might have an issue with the idea behind the whole film, where P.T. Barnum makes money off of others misfortunes (i.e. the looks or strange talents) I didn’t see it as much of an issue, as I interpreted the moral of the story as that you should never shy away from who you are.
The film goes through the story of P.T. Barnum, starting from nothing and hoping to get somewhere in life, yet he still manages to celebrate every little thing about life. The film celebrates the birth of show business and tells a story of a young entrepreneur who rose from nothing and became a world sensation with his circus.
We see a lot of character development in the film, the cast of unusual people find peace in their oddities and P.T. Barnum starts off as a man who wants to make a quick buck however he can do, but quickly realises how much he loves his job and also finds out how quickly things can change, but he wakes up and finds his mojo just before he loses everything.
With amazing performances by the all-star cast including; Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum), Zac Efron (Phillip, the play producer who is enlisted to help the circus), Zendaya (show cast), Michelle Williams (Barnum’s wife) and so many more, they make the show unbelievable.
The Greatest Showman truly is ‘the greatest show’ to be released this year.