The Greatest Showman – 5*
What better way to kick off my New Year’s Eve than with a trip to the cinema. As soon as I spotted the trailer for The Greatest Showman, I knew it was a movie I needed to see. I love the theatre, I love musicals, and yep, I’m rather fond of Hugh Jackman too!
It kicks off with a fabulous show-stopping number before transporting you back in time to the life of a young P.T. Barnum. We follow him as he dreams of a better life, gets the girl of his dreams, and becomes the founder of show business in its unique form.
I didn’t read any of the ‘professional’ reviews for this film because nine times out of ten they disapprove of the cast, lighting, humour, and everything that makes a movie work. I go with my gut when watching a film and when it makes my foot tap, and the hairs on my arm stand on end then I know I’m enjoying myself.
The first thing I wanted to do after exiting the cinema was download the soundtrack – it’s brilliant! It was the hardest thing to stop myself from clapping and cheering after every song and dance scene. If they bring this back to the West End, I would be SO happy.
If you’re looking for a film to make you feel good, fill you with joy, and that’s perfect for all the family then I highly recommend The Greatest Showman.
Casting is perfect, and the Hugh Jackman/Zac Efron team works wonderfully. Rebecca Ferguson’s voice is stunning. Zendaya (from Disney’s Shake it Up), Michelle Williams (Dawson Creek), and Keala Settle were outstanding.
Was there anything I didn’t like? Only that it had to end. I’ll definitely be going back to see it again.
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
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