2017 was rough. Lots of not-so-fun stuff happened. But, one of the greatest things to come out of 2017 was The Greatest Showman.
This musical is based on the incredible true story of P.T. Barnum, an American entrepreneur, businessman, one of the first advertisers and most of all, the greatest showman this world had ever seen. This colorful, whimsical take on an already magical story about hard-work, family and love comes alive on screen and can only be experienced in a theater.
Hugh Jackman could not have been a more perfect fit to play the role of P.T. Barnum. His pure charm instantly entices you and makes fall in love with the film. Zach Efron makes his return back to his singing and dancing roots as Barnum’s right-hand man, Phillip Carlyle, who falls in love with trapeze artist, Anne Wheeler (Zendaya). Rebecca Ferguson plays one of Barnum’s shining stars, Jenny Lind, and I dare you to try NOT to cry during her first performance on stage. Michelle Williams is lovely as Charity Barnum but the real scene-stealers are the actresses that play Barnum’s two adorable daughters, Caroline and Helen.
The amount of love that pours off the screen in this film is overwhelming. I was crying in the first 10 minutes due to the music and shear power of this beautiful, heart warming story about following your dreams. Also, the dancing and music is INSANE. The whole film will have you shaking and shimmying in your chair. Try your best not to clap at the end of each musical number (I guess that is frowned upon in some theaters but I do it anyway).
Like I said, when there is all this craziness in the world, it’s fun to get away for a while. The Greatest Showman is magical, moving, fun and one of the best films I have seen in a long time. So what are you waiting for? Go see it now!