The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman stars as Phineas Taylor Barnum, the dreamer credited with bringing the circus to the world in this musical. P.T.Barnum is the son of a tailor born in poverty and sets out to show the world that “a man’s station is limited only to his imagination.” Bringing back the magic of rags to riches story.

 

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My Impressions

Keala Settle’s “This is Me” and Jenny Lind’s “Never Enough”, rendered beautifully, will pull you out of the comfort of yours homes. The musical brilliantly captures the mood when words are just not enough, all the songs touch the emotional highs and lows as the story unfolds.

 

 

 

While the movie rushes through the relationships particularly between Zendaya and Zac Efron, the story is so powerful that the often frenetic screenplay couldn’t hold back the actor’s powerful performances.

 

 

The film begins with a spectacle of wonder, which on the big screen appears sparkling with the hue of colours and we are introduced to the historical reactions towards humankind’s greatest mysteries, the misfits. The movie ends with the note that success comes with determination, perseverance and in Barnum’s own words “The greatest art is of making others happy.”  teaching lessons of inclusion, ambition and hope to the dreamers.

 

Image Source: IMDB

I would have loved to see the film’s narrative providing a bigger spotlight to the misfits who see how special they are for the first time. A family friendly movie, we are introduced to the open-air tent circus design and its origins, a lesson in history and innovation.

 

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