Oh man, I just got back from the cinema after seeing The Greatest Showman, a film I have been wanting to see since its release. And I want to see it again. It was bloody brilliant. I’m a big fan of musicals, but I haven’t really enjoyed any modern ones other than maybe Sweeney Todd.
I have the soundtrack on repeat whilst writing this. It’s unreal. Stunning.
The film follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he ascends from rags to riches by creating the greatest show on earth. What starts out as a museum for strange and unique people, turns into a circus and extraordinary show that became a worldwide sensation thanks to Barnum’s visions.
For me, the greatest scene of the film is this:
This is the scene in which European music sensation Jenny Lind is brought to America by Barnum to bring something honest and real to his show, and to maybe to win over the critics. And as the performance goes on you see his realisation that his name and show is about to reach new heights, and it’s also where his wife realises that he has lost sight of his family.
It’s a stunning, touching performance of “Never Enough” from Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) and all of these realisations and emotions at this moment in the film will bring tears to your eyes.
And this is another great scene:
It’s where Phillip Carlyle (Zac Effron) and the beautiful Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) perform to the song “Rewrite the Stars” after Anne is shunned by Phillip’s father for their difference in class.
It’s a really touching and beautiful moment, and visual performance, that breaks down barriers between class, race and all that good stuff. It’s about rewriting the rules and going for what, or who, you want, falling in love, no matter how hard or impossible it seems at the time.
I enjoyed every second of The Greatest Showman and can’t wait for it to be released on Amazon Video so I can watch it again. Easily the best musical in years. The critics don’t know shit.
If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet. GO AND SEE IT. RIGHT NOW!!!
EDIT: I have now seen this film 5 times at the cinema, and most recently I wrote about going to the cinema alone for the very first time where I saw it again. I’m totally addicted.