Music, dancing, love and spectacle. That’s what you can expect from “The Greatest Showman,” but that’s all in the trailer.
Acceptance, uniqueness, boldness and courage are what you experience when you watch the movie itself.
There’s a specific line from the film that has stuck with me since I watched it for the very first time: “a celebration of humanity” and it’s those four words that really seize the essence of this story. It’s set in a time were people are small minded and often afraid of what they can’t understand, but through the vision and compassion of one Mr. P. T. Barnum, amazing people with wonderful gifts find a family – they find a home.
Personally, I think that it’s that aspect that really drew me in. In a world where no one would accept them, they made a world of their own and thrived because they were brave enough to be who they were meant to be.
Perseverance through struggle is a large theme throughout this film and it’s the stars who really allow that struggle to shine through beautifully. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya lead in this film and I have to tell you that I’m not sure they could’ve picked a more perfect cast. Jackman, probably most well-known for his role as Wolverine from the “X-Men” franchise, trades in his steel claws and sideburns for a ringmaster’s uniform. This character was so far from what we are used to from Jackman, but his love and dedication to the production of this film (for seven years, by the way) were so prevalent through his stunning and incredible portrayal of P.T. Barnum.
But Jackman wasn’t the only shining member of that cast. Zac Efron, who’s shot to stardom really came from his role as Troy Bolton from Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise, has finally found his way back to the music and I couldn’t be happier for him. It was pretty obvious that he wanted to break away from Troy’s character and has starred in several movies since that are almost as far away from Troy as one can get, but “The Greatest Showman” seemed to be his gate back in.
Here’s the link to an interview Efron gave talking about his character, Phillip, and why he decided to join this amazing film.
Many more of the characters were just phenomenal to watch, but if I spoiled it for you, you’d hunt me down for sure. So, all I can say is go watch it. I promise you won’t regret it. And if you do, watch it again. And again, until you can see so deep within yourself that you really and truly understand the message behind this film.
“The Greatest Showman” was nominated in the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Hugh Jackman), and Best Original Song, Motion Picture (“This is me”) – which they won, and the writers Justin Paul and Benj Pasek accepted the award (see below).
Building on their success from the Golden Globes, Pasek’s and Paul’s award-winning song, “This is Me” was also nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar. The Oscars will be held on March 4, so tune in for those to see if they can keep the winning streak alive.
Listen to the song here.
It’s an inspiring, awe-inducing film that pushes people to look deep within themselves to discover what truly matters to them and to fight for it with their very last breath. People aren’t perfect. Happiness doesn’t come from perfection. It comes from surrounding yourself with people who truly accept you and support you.
“The Greatest Showman” is a film I will carry in my heart forever and share its lessons with my own children one day, in the hopes that they will learn to love deeply and unconditionally, because that is the only kind of love that matters.