I saw The Greatest Showman a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it. If you haven’t seen it, I would absolutely recommend it. And if you’re one of those people who say you don’t like musicals, I still think you should give it a shot (I give you permission to yell at me if you hate it).
One of the things I loved about this movie was that, right from the beginning, it demanded my attention. From the opening number we moved into the back story of P.T. Barnum and his wife, which was seamlessly woven into a song and montage which was incredibly sweet. The whole love story, actually, was a really nice backdrop for the rest of Barnum’s story – it felt like the perfect foundation.
Along with the plot, everyone in this movie did their best work. Hugh Jackman was as charismatic as ever, Zac Efron showed his versatility, and Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Keala Settle killed it with the vocals. And the songs? Incredible. Believe me when I tell you that once you see this move, you’re going to go home and buy that soundtrack, after which you will absorb the songs into your brain and they will be stuck there for the next few months (it’s okay, though, because at least we’ll all be singing them together).
But more than anything else, the ending is what got me. True to form, there is a big, glorious, raucous musical number that, all of a sudden, goes quiet. The camera moves in on Barnum and he sings the final line before the screen goes black and this quote appears: The noblest art is that of making others happy. – P.T. Barnum.
This ending just confirmed that this film is the best one I’ve seen in a long while. Even though the crazy awesome songs were amazing and the circus was the goal throughout the whole movie, in the end P.T. (and everyone) got that that wasn’t true success. What really mattered was family, whether that be by blood or association, and having a place where your contributions count and are appreciated.
I can’t recommend this enough and I also cannot wait to go see it again! Let me know if you loved it, other thoughts you had, or recommend something you think I’d like!