Movie Review: “The Greatest Showman”

“The Greatest Showman” was a montage of movie-musical magic. With renown actors such as Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron to make up the cast, the film was successfully coalesced together to form an ionic and vibrant portrait of the classic ‘freak show’.

There was unsuspected depth to the story line. You watch the previews and expect this childish Nickelodeon movie when in actuality, it was a mature film with a lot of hidden messages and a beautiful display of embracing differences in a time when no one knew how. They definitely showed the controversial freak show in a different light. People don’t automatically think of ‘embracing differences’ when they think of a human circus literally ridiculing others, but the film seemed to depict just that.

Every musical has that few hand full of performers that no matter how hard they strained their voice, cannot actually sing. This was not the case in “The Greatest Showman.” Each actor held their own. Hugh Jackman without a doubt, had every one trembling in their seats. Who knew The Wolverine also had chops?

Disney co-stars, Zendaya and Zac Efron did a beautiful job of bringing interracial love to the big screen. Their performance romanticized their forbidden love in an enchanting way that had everyone at the edge of their seats, anticipating their very next move in hopes that it would all work out in the end.  

If you are looking for something refreshing and new, but also something that sticks to the classic cinematic drama formula, this is it for you.