I could not have started the year watching a better movie than ¨The Greatest Showman¨. It is just what I needed : a powerful, joyful / beautiful musical that makes you want to join in and dance and sing along with them from the very first scene. The whole movie is directed as if it was performed on a stage, i found it very Broadway style: with passion, energy and colorful costumes and elaborated choreography. No wonder that this movie has been compared with "La,La Land" given that Benj P. & Justin P. who are behind La La Land soundtrack, have written and arranged the soundtrack for this film, too. Needless to say that if you are not into musicals, you may not like this film! I'd like to point out that I very rarely go to see the same movie twice in the cinema and with ¨The greatest Showman¨ , I just did not have enough of it !The audience from the page www.rottentomaoes.com has given this film a score of 90% and critics only 55%. I do feel critics missed the point here.. this film does not have a complicated story-line, it is actually very simple but many people can relate to the fact that others may reject you if you look or act differently and the clash between different society classes is still quite present. This movie deserves a 100% score for me! A cast of talented singers & dancers! A movie for all ages that bring people together! I was very impressed to see how well Hugh Jackman sings! It is actually him singing all the time! He was even recommended not to sing by his surgeon due to some issues with his vocal strings, however, he put his health at risk and sang throughout the movie.
Handsome, young and talented "high school musical" actor, Zac Efron does not disappoint either with his charm ! Michelle Williams plays a beautiful role of Barnum's wife , they portray a beautiful love story. I do not want to spoil it for those who have not seen the film yet.
And of course, the whole talented cast of actors , singers and dancers that are part of the Circus's show blew me away. They have such chemistry together! Number one for me was the "beard lady" with her beautiful voice and persona played by Keala Settle ( https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/905127/The-Greatest-Showman-bearded-lady-Keala-Settle-Lettie-Lutz-Hugh-Jackman-Michelle-Williams )
Let me highlight a few learnings and best scenes for me: There are many other lessons you can take from this film regarding success : The importance of taking risks, do not be afraid of failure, embrace it and learn from it. Do not let yourself by blinded by ambition and forget about the importance of spending time with your family. Success takes time , hard work and effort.
Some of my favorite scenes/songs:
- This is Me : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLFEvHWD_NE
- The Greatest Show : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5Sc0G7w90
- From now On : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG4u3KI44pw
- Never Enough : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRcH3TJvIPk ** This song is not originally sang by the beautiful actress Rebecca Ferguson but by the singer Loren Allred **
- Rewrite the Stars : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MrmIJ28hvk
I hope they win a lot of oscars and that one day they start performing on stages in Broadway. So jealous that in USA there are "sing along" sessions in the cinemas . I'd love to go to one!
If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for!?