Movie Review – The Greatest Showman

“Those smiles aren’t fake. It doesn’t matter where they come from. The joy is real.”

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

These two quotes are what keep coming back to me when I think about The Greatest Showman.

But first of all. Oh my goodness I need to gush about Hugh Jackman. Triple threat! He sings, he dances, he looks cool in a top hat. I love the guy, and it’s quite wonderful to see him bringing such joy to the role. He’s clearly enjoying it and…well he’s awesome and I’m picking up what he’s putting down. 

His take on P.T. Barnam does seem as though it’s taken a few liberties, but I’ve got to say I don’t care, as I refer you to the quotes above. Yeah it’s romanticised and simplified. But who cares? I wanted to go into the cinema, bop along and have a good time. I got that in spades. I’ve done some reading since to get an idea of the real story so I’m not blind to it. I’ve merely made a choice to enjoy something.

Songs are always better to sing along to in the car when there’s a slither of a chance that you can match the voices

I wasn’t surprised to learn after that the songs are written by the same guys who wrote songs for La La Land. They don’t connect in quite the same way with me, but ‘The Other Side’ in particular is a very catchy song that I’m looking forward to learning the lyrics to. Songs are always better to sing along to in the car when there’s a slither of a chance that you can match the voices. I’m not saying I can sing like Jackman or Efron, but I’ll enjoy giving it a good go. It’s not like anyone can see me in the car.

If I think about The Greatest Showman for too long I can see the faults. It’s about as deep as a puddle and it’s pretty safe for a film that’s all about putting yourself out there and owning who you are.

But I don’t care. This joy is real.

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