Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum was born on July 5, 1810 and later became a showman, finding the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1871. The recent film, “The Greatest Showman,” directed by Michael Gracey, portrays his life and how he became a showman that no one will ever forget.
Even though many people say Barnum wasn’t the best person, the film certainly didn’t portray that. There were times where his priorities were in the wrong place, but “The Greatest Showman” was full of endless creativity and outstanding choreography, music and acting. However, the story could have been more developed.
The beginning toggles back and forth with Barnum as a young child and as a grown man. This shows us the dream that he had as a young child and gives us an idea of what the movie is going to be about. While trying to raise a family, Barnum loses his job, takes out a loan and buys a museum full of unusual things. He then decides to find unusual people and put together a show for enjoyment, later becoming a circus.
The film stars outstanding actors Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum who had hopes and dreams to show the world those people who weren’t like everyone else. It also stars Zac Efron as Philip Carlisle, Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum, Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind and Zendaya as Anne Wheeler. All of their voices are like puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly. I could not have picked more talented singers to be a part of this film.
Anne and Philip’s relationship was very daring during that time. Loving a girl of a different race was unheard of, but this film shows that love has no limits.
The story is too fast paced for someone who would have liked to know the details behind the true story. The film focuses more on the musical aspect, and did not focus on the storyline enough. More balance would’ve completed the film and made it more well-rounded.
The film was nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards and took home best original song for “This is Me,” a song that focuses on how we should not be scared to show the world who we are. The soundtrack can stand on its own. By listening to the music in this movie, you can tell that the goal was to produce modern music but still be able to get the message across to the audience.
Even though the storyline didn’t meet my expectations, I fell in love with the cast and the music. I even went and saw it multiple times because a movie is always good the second time, and it’s one you just won’t get tired of.
Storywise, it’s ok. But musically, it really is the greatest show.