So this movie came out a few weeks ago, but in that short span of time, I’ve managed to watch it three times. Not once, not twice, but three. Now, I’m not the type of person to waste money watching a movie that sucks, so suffice to say, I absolutely love The Greatest Showman. It’s a feel-good movie with fantabulous songs, and while many critics say that this movie is ‘artificial’ or ‘disjointed,’ the response from the general public is mostly positive. This is one of those cases where we, as people, love it while the critics’ opinions are overwhelmingly negative.
If you don’t know, The Greatest Showman is the story of P. T. Barnum, a man who lived decades ago, and the man who founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus. I’m sure a lot of the events in the movie are completely fictional, and though some parts are real, I wouldn’t recommend knowing Barnum’s real history 100% before watching this movie or you’ll probably not like it. Despite that, as it is with every ‘based on a true story’ film, I found it three things: magical, encouraging, and addictive. I mean, I have watched it three times.
Besides that, it’s a wonderful story about inclusion. You’ll see people of all shapes and sizes, of all colours. It is, as the movie says, a celebration of humanity.
My movie reviews are split up into four categories, and based on a five-point system.
Enjoyment – 5/5
Personally, I think it’s impossible to hate this movie. I sat in the theatre not really knowing what to expect, but as soon as the first song came on, I knew I was going to love it. It’s hard not to bounce along to the music, and I damn well downloaded the whole soundtrack on Spotify as soon as I got home. As of today, I can confidently say I know 95% of the lyrics in the movie, which made it real fun for the guy sitting next to me when I watched it for the third time.
The story is engaging, and it doesn’t stay in one particular moment very long. There was love and laughter and joy and disappointment and betrayal, all the elements of a good ‘happy’ movie. I actually cried a couple of times. Laughed a lot. Smiled a lot. Almost threw my popcorn at the screen once, but if you’ve watched the movie, I think you know which part I’m talking about 😉
Okay, not that part.
Quality – 4/5
To be honest, I think there was a lot of room for improvement. The CGI was a little obvious, but that could’ve been due to a tight budget, or any number of things. Some parts were abrupt, and the transitions were a little weird once or twice. But overall, I thought it was a decent quality movie for such a beautiful (partially fictional) story.
If the last number was the complete song, I think it would’ve made a better ending, but alas, I don’t have that kind of authority. (Unfortunately.)
Necessity – 4/5
It’s always a little weird to say that you have to watch this movie, but it’s highly recommended from me. If I was ever feeling down, or feeling like belting out a beautiful tune, this is my new go-to movie. Leaving the theatre those three times always made me a little sad, because for 90 minutes, I felt like I was flying across the world. It’s the type of movie that whisks you away into a world of magic and beauty and love, one of music and colour. So, do you need to watch it? No. But I think you should, if only because all of us are going to need a ‘pick me up’ kind of movie someday.
General – 4.5/5
My mom says it’s her favourite movie of 2017. I say it’s pretty damn close. I could watch this movie once a week and probably never tire of it. I’d just grow to love it even more than I already do.
For those of you who are curious, these were my favourite songs in the entire movie:
- A Million Dreams
- This is Me
- Rewrite the Stars
EVERYTHING BEYOND THIS POINT CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.
Okay, so I don’t have a lot of spoilery thoughts on this movie, but I totally saw that Jenny Lind scandal thing coming. I saw her walk in with her fabulous dress and gorgeous face (I mean, really, Rebecca Ferguson is just simply breathtaking), and I was like, “Oh, this gurl gon wreck my beautiful marriage.” And she did, for 10 minutes, anyway. Not entirely surprised, but I was definitely surprised when Charity wasn’t more angry about it. She was more pissed off about him not telling her about putting the house as collateral than about Jenny kissing him as payback. Wow. At least she knows it wasn’t really his doing. And, it was a relief to see some sort of fallout/fight because no marriage stays that perfect forever.
As I’ve already said, I personally think the last song could’ve been…bigger. It needed more of a wow-factor than it already had to really emphasize the circus a little bit more. I think if it had been the entire song, as in, including the very beginning of the movie, it would’ve rounded the whole film off better. I feel like I didn’t get to the see the circus acts as much as I would’ve liked, but that could be a personal preference.
I also loved the scene with the song From Now On, because the choreography is simply stunning. And of course, the song is amazing.
Seriously, have I mentioned how much I love this movie?
If you’ve stayed with me till now, I thank you so much for reading my review. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts down below!
The next one will be about The Commuter, and it should be out by tomorrow.