The Greatest Showman (95%) MUST WATCH

Cast 8
Cinematography 9
Enjoyability 9
Soundtrack 10
Recyclability 10
Plot 8

95%

Summary

The Greatest Showman is one of my top picks of the year.  The soundtrack is amazing and full of very catchy songs.  The cast includes some very popular names at the moment.   Overall, it’s a great feel good, family movie that can be enjoyed over and over again.  It’s definitely worth watching.

Cast

The cast of this movie is spectacular with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michele Williams, Zendaya, etc.  One of the best parts of the movie is getting to hear Hugh Jackson sing.  Coming off his recent movie Logan, this is a much more joyful and upbeat movie.  The High School Musical fans were definitely excited to see Zac Efron sing and dance as well as fall in love with Zendaya.  However, I found it bizarre that Zendaya, a dancer, was in the air for every song.  In a movie with so much choreography, I expected her to be on the ground dancing.  But, good for her for doing her own Ariel stunts and spending the time to learn how to do the trapeze.

Cinematography

Not much to say; every scene looked amazing.

Enjoyability 

If someone told me they didn’t enjoy this movie, they’d be lying.  How could you not be entertained by the songs every ten minutes?  They just kept coming.  The choreography went perfectly to the music for every song.  This is the perfect movie for people of all ages.  Adults will especially appreciate the story and the theme of inclusion. But, children will be drawn to the flashiness and the catchy music.

Soundtrack

Personally, this is my favorite soundtrack of all time.  I’ve never really enjoyed musicals, so I was very surprised that I enjoyed it so much.  All original songs were written by the writers for the music of La La Land, so that should speak for itself.  The song “This is Me” has already won a Golden Globe for best original song.  No song from the entire soundtrack stood out to me as bad or low quality.  Every single song was catchy and made the audience just feel good.  The lyrics especially make sense with the story being told.  The songs tell the story while being catchy at the same time.  So, the music isn’t there to just be there, it actually serves a purpose.

Plot

The story is a great way to represent inclusion and self dignity.  At first, all the members of the show were different and were outcasts (Bearded lady, Tom Thumb, Albino, etc.).  But, throughout their experience of putting on the show, they found their true selves and found a family.  In the beginning, P.T Barnum, Hugh Jackson, is fired from his job.  So, he comes up with the idea of showing people things they have never seen before.  He creates his show of outcasts and draws a very large crowd to every show.  But, the glory      doesn’t last forever as a group of protestors arrive and eventually burn down the theater.   After going on a tour around the United States with a singer from Europe, Barnum realizes he needs to be home with his both his families.  His real family and the members of the show.  In the end, the show is moved to a tent similar to circus’ today and ends with the same song that the show began with.

Genre Musical, Drama, Romance
Rating Pg
Movie Production Cost $84 Million
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