Truth be told, The Greatest Showman is what dreams are made of. Or rather, The Greatest Showman is what is made of dreams. Yes, the story tells a tale of the old’ chase for the American dream to make it “big”, minus the snazzy New York City skyline and blinding broadway on billboards. Every success starts small, and in The Greatest Showman it is the life of PT Barnum’s wild ambition of creating ‘the greatest show in the world’ all in the while battling harsh realities of life.
Sounds like a typical story, so what’s so great about The Greatest Showman? Even if you’re not the musical-frenzy type, watching this film can be a thrilling experience. Here are some reasons why you should watch The Greatest Showman.
Singing Wolverine and Rebirth of Troy Bolton
Upon first glance at the trailer, there’s Hugh Jackman, the dangerously handsome Wolverine of our times is seen with his jazz feet on, battling his surprising vocals as he reaches for the stars being a charming ringleader.
And then there's Zac Efron. At the back of my mind, I couldn’t stop thinking how the little High School Musical fan in me got so excited that he’s back on that stage, making the old’ Troy Bolton proud.
And to top that all off?
Well, this film has Zendaya. Our millennial darling has taken literal heights in her career as she plays as a leggy brunette on a trapeze. Oh, and yeah she sings too.
The songs in The Greatest Showman has, in fact, rewritten the stars. The symphonies in every song fit perfectly as the film progresses with swift transitions. There’s a smart use of songs to tell half of PT Barnum’s life under 5 minutes. But all seriousness aside, the soundtrack is the best thing about this movie. It’s no wonder they won Best Original Song for their powerful hit, “This Is Me” sung by Keala Settle and the entire ensemble of The Greatest Showman.
Among other favorites that have everyone belting out high notes in the bathroom are Never Enough sung by Loren Allred and Rewrite the Stars, a duet sung by on-screen sweethearts Zac Efron and Zendaya. But honestly, all the songs take a fun spin on musicals as they’re mostly catchy and, in all classic Broadway, very emotional as portrayed in the film.
Heartfelt humanistic values
All the glitz and glamour of The Greatest Showman did not shine brighter than the humanistic values in this film, as it showed the value of having confidence in your own skin. All the acts in the ‘greatest show on earth’ are of people with abnormal features. This movie preaches against the naysayers and instead, uphold the beauty of God’s creations.
Convinced yet? Take a listen to that little curious voice in your head that’s telling you there are a million dreams to witness behind this extravagant ensemble. The Greatest Showman will engulf you in its soulful delight, in celebration of the birth of show business through a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.