The Greatest Showman: A Hit Among Audiences

The Greatest Showman was one of the most anticipated films in 2017. On its release, everyone flocked to the movie theaters and allowed the film to earn $8,805,843 in just the first weekend of release. The film did not disappoint very many and left their audience shocked by the overall performance of the movie. It’s a great example of a perfect mixture between a musical, biography, and drama that is suitable for a range of audiences because of the rating PG.

The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey, shows you the life of P.T. Barnum, played by Hugh Jackman, who was a mid-19th-century showman that dreamed of the spotlight. He falls in love with a girl from a family that his father helps out. However, they are forbidden to see each other. After keeping in touch throughout their life, they are finally allowed to be together, and Barnum promises her and her family that they will have a successful future together. However, when he risks his family, circus, and income for an opera singer, Jenny Lind, the world he has built begins to crumble around him. The Twentieth Century Fox explains that this movie “Celebrates the birth of show business and tells a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”

Celebrates the birth of a show business and tells a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”

— Twentieth Century Fox

As you begin to watch the movie, you’re thrown into the early beginnings of the world of show business. Every time I watch the first scene of the motion picture, I get chills, and immediately am engaged with the story. The main actors such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya all effortlessly portray their roles and allow you to feel a strong connection to them that helps you to join them as they show this story. The brightly designed costumes worn by the characters are all very accurate to the period, and they keep your eyes captivated as you watch the film. Dance routines are necessarily sprinkled throughout the movie and filmed as though the crew is dancing in one continuous shot that gave the number a more impressive feel. Nothing in the feature feels forced or random compared to some movie musicals that tend to place songs in awkward moments of the scene. The numbers shown in the movie were all very written in a way that pulled everything together, and the songwriters even won ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack’ and ‘Best Original Song’ for their song “This Is Me.” Nothing in the feature feels forced or random compared to some movie musicals that tend to place songs in awkward moments of the scene.

Nothing in the feature feels forced or random compared to some movie musicals that tend to place songs in awkward moments of the scene.”

— Maretta Ramirez

All in all, The Greatest Showman is a movie that everyone will remember, and if you haven’t gotten the chance to see it you’re missing out. The songs will stay in our heads for decades, but we won’t mind because it will remind us of the great movie. Don’t worry about wasting an hour and forty-five minutes of your time because this film is worth the watch. I would recommend it if you especially enjoy it a well thought out musical biography.