Hi Everyone! I hope the first month of 2018 has been treating you well! Now that we are almost at the end of January, I thought I would talk about something that has been quite prominent during this month. I’m sure most of you will have heard about the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’ by now – almost everyone has to see it more than once! If you haven’t seen it, maybe this blog post will convince you too!
“The noblest act is that of making others happy’ – PT Barnum
The story is that of real life showman, PT Barnum, who is often regarded as the man who shaped entertainment as we know it today. It follows his progression from a poor orphan boy to a successful circus ringleader with a family, along with the trials and tribulations that came with this. The movie is a musical, directed by newcomer Michael Gracey (this is an unbeatable debut in my opinion!). The songs are by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and the script is by Bill Condon. All of these areas were perfect, and worked perfectly together. I would genuinely recommend seeing the film for the music alone.
The reason I love this movie so much is that it discusses a very modern topic in a very old fashioned way, set a very long time ago. How the people of the circus are treated and ridiculed by the outside world mirrors how mainstream society ostracises social minorities like gays, trans, etc etc. As long as there have been human beings on the earth, there has always been people regarded as “different” and therefore, inferior. Whether it be race, gender, sexual orientation or something else, our world is not always great at including what isn’t regarded as ‘the norm’. The Greatest Showman does well in putting across this point in an entertaining and interesting way. PT Barnum truly is a pioneer in celebrating the beauty of diversity. Individuality is something to be celebrated, not something to fear or make fun of.
The acting in this film is faultless. The three lead roles in this film – played by Zendaya, Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman – are casted so well it is unbelievable. Efron and Jackman are so entertaining and enthralling in their roles, with Jackman making PT Barnum very easy to relate to. The standout for me, however, is Zendaya. With very few lines she somehow managed to make such a huge impact on the movie. She carried herself so well and her attitudes and emotions were completely spot on for her character. Her determination in dance scenes such as ‘This Is Me’ demonstrate her fight against how society views her. She will not let people be embarrassed by her. The love story between Robert Carlyle and Ann plays a pinnacle part in the film. Carlyle- played by Efron – is a very upper class whitman who falls for Ann, a circus performer and dark skinned woman. Although they both have feelings for each other, it does take time for them to act on them due to fear of judgement. What a common storyline in modern society. It is obvious that Zendaya and therefore Ann, is beautiful, as is diversity.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. I honesty adore this film and I’m addicted to the soundtrack. It is still in cinemas so if you want to see it, please do – you won’t regret it! Much love, Cat x