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The Greatest Showman

Makaia Brown

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   Hugh Jackman who plays P.T. Barnum in the film starts off with the song The Greatest Showman, and the song gives the film an intense start. A few minutes into the song all of the craziness dies and the imagery fades to Barnum as a little boy. This leads into a reveal of how Barnum struggled growing up as a child and how he remained friends with his soon to be wife. Even though, Charity’s dad makes her go to boarding school, the two manage to send letters to one another throughout their childhood. Seeing the two young lovers send messages to one another give viewers a look into their close relationship.

    Once the song ends, we see the two as adults and the two remain together in the end. Even though Barnum loses his job he still remains a family man at the end of the day. Due to his job lose he takes a loan from the bank to open up a museum. Through trial and error Barnum realizes that he needs something that can excite and scare the public, and unfortunately large giraffes and elephants won’t cut it.

   Barnum sees one “different” person in his city which sparks the idea of holding auditions to create a show for the public.  More people would rather see a show of bizarre events and people then seeing a whole bunch of strange wax figures. Some of the people give the performers in the circus a tough time for who they are and what they look like, which presents the overarching theme of acceptance.

   Throughout the film the cast sings various songs from “Come Alive” to “Rewrite the Stars”. Every song in this movie moved the audience from a light-hearted song to a song that might make you cry. Recently at the Golden Globes “This Is Me” won an award for Best Original Song, which the song deserved the recognition it received. Many were fascinated to see teen heartthrob Zac Efron sing a few songs; since the last time fans saw him sing was in High School Musical 2.

   This movie contains comedy, romance, and well-written songs, and if those genres sound interesting then go to the local theater and see it. The film keeps viewers on the tip of their toes throughout the movie and throws many curve balls to audience members.

 

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