When I first heard about a movie musical on the way I was obviously excited, but when I heard it was going to include Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, I knew it would be a showstopper! I am talking about The Greatest Showman if you haven’t already caught on and what a spectacular movie it is.
I can’t remember the last time my family went to the movies together, to be honest, I think never. But on Sunday we did just that, my Grandma even came along. With so much buzz around the film, it wouldn’t be right not to see it, plus Mum has a little crush on Hugh Jackman so she was more than happy to go.
I think an absolute highlight of the movie was the outstanding soundtrack, it’s so vibrant and lively. I found myself tapping along with tune after tune, especially the big ensemble numbers. Standout singing came from Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle with her emotional ‘This Is Me’ number, which was my favourite from the show. I would have loved to hear another song from her!
The most powerful thing from the movie had to be the messages, it pointed out that everyone, no matter their race or appearance should be treated equally. In parts of the movie you felt like crying and in others you were smiling, tapping your feet and having a great time. It was a rollercoaster of emotions that most people will relate to.
The standout actor was none other than Hugh Jackman, who has been nominated for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards for his role. Hugh has been working on this film for years and is undoubtedly the greatest showman.
The storyline follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he purchases a museum that then ends up being a circus arena where people who are not seen as ‘normal’ by members of the public, show their true selves. Along the way, Mr Barnum gets a little sidetracked and stuck in the world of money and success. It takes a shocking event for him to realise who his true family is and why he invented show business in the first place.
A truly magical storyline that makes this show what it is. Not all the reviews of The Greatest Showman have been positive but as a review on IMDb reads, ‘Don’t listen to the critics, see this movie,’ I couldn’t agree more. If you’re a lover of musicals, Hugh Jackman or Zac Efron go see it and if you’re not a fan of these, go anyway because you might just surprise yourself.
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