The Greatest Showman is now playing in theaters everywhere. My family attended an early screening to share our thoughts and review. All opinions are 100% my own.
“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.
This film is the perfect way to end the year. Within the first 30 seconds of the movie, you will want to sing and dance from your seat and wish you knew where to buy a ticket to attend The Greatest Show! The soundtrack alone is amazing. We were not even back home before my kids wanted to know if we could buy the songs on their smartphones.
We all knew that Zac Efron could carry a tune, but did you know that Hugh Jackman can sing? Beyond the bright, vivid colors, catchy songs, and exciting entertainment, the movie showcased many life lessons as well.
From following your dreams, working hard, and overcoming poverty, to acceptance in society for being different, the film can resonate with people from all walks of life. You see a man disowned by his family for the disgrace of not following their racist standards, people being ridiculed for having deformities or simply being different, humiliation a biracial couple goes through, and how quickly fame and fortune can go to someone’s head.
What starts as a movie about a poor servant boy falling in love with the rich girl, ends with an entire community coming together to form their own family through struggles and disappointments.
This family-friendly movie was loved by everyone in my family. The teens enjoyed it just as much as my 11-year-old. We left the movie theater feeling empowerment, inspiration, and all around happy. We had smiles on our face and a tune stuck in our head. I highly recommend you take time over your holiday break to see The Greatest Showman in theaters.
My kids walked away learning the lesson that you work hard to reach your goals and dreams for yourself, not others. People can get lost in the fight to be the statistic and prove someone wrong to the point they lose themselves along the way. Success is not always measured by fame and income. That life lesson from a movie is a win in my book.