Hey everyone! 🙂
I went to the cinema on Thursday to watch The Greatest Showman… And damn, I loved it! But before I tell you my personal opinion, let’s look up some facts, shall we?
Year of release: 2017
Release date: 20.12.2017 (USA)
Length: 1h 45min
Director: Michael Gracey
Writers: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
The Greatest Showman is a biography about P.T. Barnum, who was an American showman, politician and a founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The movie starts with Phineas Barnum and Charity, who are hanging out together. Phineas is a poor street kid, while Charity comes from influential and rich family. Once they grow up, they get married. But Charity`s father tells her, that one day, she`ll come back, because she will realise that he can`t give her the life she needs. Later, we meet their two daughters. One of them wants to be a ballerina, other one wants to marry Santa Clause. They live in a small apartment, and even though Charity tells Phineas she is happy, he wants more. He later says that he and his father lived a poor life, but he won`t let his kids live like that.
So he goes to a bank and takes out a loan. How? Under a con, of course. He opens up a museum, but no one visits. Then he gets an idea: let`s get all of the freaks together and make a show! Bearded lady? Check. Short dude? Check. Man covered in tattoos? Check! Thanks to the freaks, Phineas becomes very rich quickly and buys a huge mansion for his family. He also enrolls his daughter in a ballet class. .
But despite their sudden wealth, no one respects them. So he asks Phillip Carlyle, a successful playwright and son of Manhattan socialites, to join him. Carlyle agrees and takes a 10% cut. Within seconds, he falls in love with Zendaya and takes them to meet Queen Victoria in London. After meeting with Queen Victoria, who loves them, Phineas and Phillip meet Jenny Lind, a famous singer. They ask her to perform in New York to expand her career overseas, and she agrees.
Later in New York, Jenny performs her song “Never Enough” and receives a standing ovation. Phineas decides to take Jenny on tour around the country, and leaves Philip behind to manage the circus. On the tour, Jenny kisses him in front of cameras. Phineas tells her that he is not interested and she quits. He returns to New York where is circus is in fire. And when a newspaper prints a photo of Phineas and Jenny kissing, Charity dumps him and runs back to her family, just like her father suspected. Later they make up and they open up the circus again. While performing “The Greatest Show” once again, Phineas passes the baton to Phillip and says he needs to see his daughters grow up. He gets on an elephant and rides to see his daughters ballet show.
The movie ends with the quote: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” —P.T. Barnum.
My opinion: I loved this movie so, SO much! I think I even cried a couple of times in between! And I love the song A Million Dreams, a can`t stop listening to it! So I think the movie is amazing and I would highly recommend it!