“The Greatest Showman”: a great musical for today

Coleen Connaughton, Contributor

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“The Greatest Showman” is a musical starring Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Zac Efron.  It has made $194.7 million worldwide. This movie recounts the true story of the origin of the P.T. Barnum Circus.  A classic rags to riches story, young Barnum is simply the son of a tailor.  Eventually, he falls in love and marries one of his father’s clients. After marrying and starting a family, P.T. Barnum  (Jackman) opens a wax museum that quickly goes bust. He then gets the idea of adding live exhibits and soon has a circus.  The main conflict of the movie is that fame goes to Barnum’s head, and he forgets what he was working for in the beginning: a better life for his family  He is blinded by the spotlight and has a rude awakening one night when his lead performer quits and his venue burns down. Jackman’s charm portrays a lovable and caring Barnum.  His Junior partner, Philip Carlyle, saves the day and supplies the money for property to pitch a circus tent.

Musicals are usually just a movie that sometimes happen to have a song added  in somewhere. In “The Greatest Showman,” however, the transition between dialogue and song is so smooth  it is  almost unnoticeable.  The film received three Golden Globe Nominations for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy,  Best Actor- Musical or Comedy- Jackman, and Best Original Song- This Is Me.  The film won one Golden Globe for Best Song.

This movie is definitely one to see right now.  The acting was phenomenal and the stunts superb.  The music is beautiful and original.  However, as in most movies and and music today, it is obvious that some of the actors’ voices were autotuned. It is only noticeable in a couple of songs while  the rest of the songs will have you on the edge of your seat.

I would recommend this movie for anyone looking for a family friendly,  feel-good movie that will have you singing the soundtrack for days.   Musicals are always risky in cinema, but this show proved that a good musical is a good musical no matter the decade.

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