The Greatest Showman: A Review

The Greatest Showman

A Review

I’m a bit late to the party with this movie. I wasn’t one of those who rushed to the cinema to see it. In fact, the first time I watched it was on the 28th of December 2018, well over a year after it was released. I’ll admit, I thought that there was a lot of hype, and I was worried that the movie wouldn’t live up to it, but I will also admit that I was wrong.

The movie is a biopic, following PT Barnum, as he goes from poor young boy, to a rich young man who follows his dreams, and although he gets a little lost along the way, he eventually realises that’s really important in life.

I won’t go into the plot much more here, because while a great number of people have seen it already, I am aware that some haven’t, and… spoilers.

This movie is one of the best I have seen in a long time. Hugh Jackman is superb as PT Barnum, and Zac Efron shows that he can be more than just a high school heart throb as Bailey. The so-called ‘freaks’ are a breath of fresh air, with not only emotional depth, but also a large amount of comedy to their characters.

I can’t finish this review without mentioning the soundtrack, which can only be described as epic! The songs are a genius piece of writing, especially “This is me”, a song of defiance sung by the ‘freaks’, which actually gave me shivers as I listened to it.

All in all, I loved this movie. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend that you see it. Even if you only agree to try it for the music, I honestly think you will find yourself moved and uplifted by the end of it.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments. All opinions are welcome here.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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