Yes yes yes, not my usual kind of post but MY GOODNESS. I’ve finally seen The Greatest Showman and if I don’t write something about it, I might explode.
I feel like this film snuck up on me a bit. I don’t remember hearing a lot about it – in fact, the first time I sat up and took notice was on New Year’s Eve, watching Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya on the Graham Norton Show.
I am a huge sucker for a musical anyway, so I knew I would enjoy it – I mean, crikey, I’ve enjoyed some shockers just because everyone knows all the words and it has a beat… But I couldn’t have anticipated how incredible this film is.
Now, there’s some controversy – P. T. Barnum definitely was not Hugh Jackman’s loveable rogue turned starstruck, foolish philanthrope. He wasn’t all in this together (sorry Zac) and he definitely didn’t shun the Victorian attitudes of ‘otherness’ quite like the film portrays.
HOWEVER. The world is a bit shit at the moment, so if you can just put historical and biographical accuracy to one side of a moment… The Greatest Showman is a diamond in the dark.
Even as a mega musical mogul, there’s usually one or two dud songs that I can take or leave, that never make it onto the playlist. But I have to say that I have been listening to the soundtrack on loop for about 72 hours now and I haven’t found the dud yet.
It’s not often I sit in a cinema and grin from start to finish, but I really did. And I wasn’t alone. If you haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet, please do go. You won’t regret it – people I know who hate musicals have loved it, and it will absolutely bring a smile to your face.
Still not sure? Just listen to this incredible performance from Keala Settle
Now hasn’t that brought a smile to your face?
I am brave. I am bruised. I am who I’m meant to be. This is me.