My Review of The Greatest Showman

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I never thought Hugh Jackman could actually sing and dance - although I know he played in Les Miserables -  what a surprise!


I got so used to see him as Wolverine that I have never considered other possibilities... Well, it's good to see him in a different and more human role. The story is very simple, however, it explores current wide themes, such as the concept of "different" as "special", social discrimination and equal opportunities. 


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My favourite quote from the movie:


"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else"

(Phineas Taylor Barnum)


The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.


The cast includes Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle WilliamsRebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.



The role played by Michelle Williams doesn't convince me. It may be because I like strong and independent female characters and Charity Barnum has none of these qualities. However, towards the end, she seems to regain a bit of self-respect. 


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The music tracks - created by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) - are really infectious, but texts are a bit simplistic. I have been listening to "This is Me" and "The Greatest Show" for at least a week after watching the movie.


As a performing arts lover, I enjoyed the circus stunts and dance choreographies, although they could have been more elaborated. 


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  This film is a runaway juggernaut, a massive success. It started showing at my local Vue last December & has had multiple screenings every week since & is still on this week. I have never known a film have such a long run at our cinema. If you check the reviews on Amazon, almost everyone says they have seen it over & over again. Personally, I've only seen it once ( but will be buying the Blu-ray ) but I loved it, I was tapping my toes from the beginning. It may not be historically accurate, but hey, that's Hollywood. I bought PT Barnum's autobiography from my local Works shop recently & will be reading it very soon.

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I'd definitely watch it again. Who knows if they're working on a musical in the West End...? That would be super. 


Blockbusters are never accurate. They tend to strip out the "boring" parts and add some emphasis to the dramatic ones, basically, they are going to disappoint anyone who's read the books first. That was the case for me with The Lord of The Rings, I wanted to file a complaint Smiley Very Happy 


I'd be curious to know some interesting facts about P.T. Barnum from the biography.