Review of The Greatest Showman

If you want to feel inspired like anything’s possible, if you want to know it’s okay to be different, and if you need a reminder that you can shine in the middle of darkness, then you need to see this film! Directed by Michael Gracey, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon seems to be a hit all across the map.

The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson bring a new light to the film industry. This film tells the story of a man from nothing following his dreams and creating a new path against societies standards and becomes a worldwide sensation. 

Wednesday January 31, 2018, I went to see this musical and was amazed at the various messages that were portrayed, the performances of the characters singing, dancing, and acting. It was inspired by P.T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and performers. 

Barnum creates his amazing circus by finding those who are considered as misunderstood and weird, but to the public freaks. He casts them front and center with amazing acts that soon become the awe of the town, showing the truth, that they are beautiful on the inside as well as the outside if you get to know them. 

The characters Phillip Carlyle, played by Zac Efron and Anne Wheeler, played by Zendaya, are faced with the struggle of showing their love for another because one skin color is white, and one is brown. They’re forced to hide their love within themselves, but that’s not good enough. They begin going against societies normal and eventually their love prevails. 

So, if you are feeling like you don’t belong somewhere, or maybe questioning things about yourself and scared to take risks in order to get somewhere, then I highly suggest this film. There are many more lessons to be learned from watching this amazing musical, but I’ll just let you go and see for yourself.  

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