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Review: The Greatest Showman

Promotional poster of The Greatest Showman

Promotional poster of The Greatest Showman

Abby Galdamez, Staff Reporter

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After watching “The Greatest Showman,” viewers are made to feel as if anything is possible, that any dreamer can conquer the world. There is a joyful feeling when thinking, as did P.T. Barnum, that “the greatest art is of making others happy” which is felt from beginning to end.  

The movie is set around the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman), better known as P.T. Barnum. Born into poverty and the son of a tailor, Barnum struggled for large part of his life. He had to learn to deal with the death of his father, the disapproval of his father-in-law and the ongoing demands of providing for his family.  

It is an exuberant film with showstopping anthems like Barnum’s   “The Greatest Show” and “A Million Dreams” and the romantic “Rewrite the Stars,” a duet by Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zendaya). The songs will stay in your head long after the credits roll.

According to Barnum, “a man’s station is limited only to his imagination.”  

After he was laid off from his job, Barnum opened a museum. Not just any kind of museum, but one that captivated people and kept them coming. So he recruited those who were neglected by society and were kept hidden by their own mothers.  

He gave opportunities to those labeled as “freaks”. He opened doors for them and nurtured the talents of dozens of talented individuals. They ranged from a bearded woman with a powerful voice to a brother-sister trapeze duo to dancing siamese twins.  

But while the showman’s family and his newfound performers benefit from his creativity, not everyone was enthralled with his idea of a “circus.” Some of Barnum’s critics deride it as a “freak show.”  

Barnum faced the various pressures of the entertainment industry, as well as scandals that threatened to ruin the creative enterprise he built. But he vowed that his “eyes won’t be blinded by the light.” And indeed, messages about the importance of fidelity and family resonate throughout the film. 

“The Greatest Showman” is a feel good musical that invites audiences to step behind the curtain of P.T. Barnum’s remarkable life. 

9/10 

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