Before I start, I should say this… My goal in this synopsis is not to ruin the movie in anyway, or leak spoilers for those who have not yet seen this movie and planned on doing so. I’m not going to dive to deeply into the actual movie because I feel you should experience this movie for yourself. That being said, some things that I say or describe may reveal bits and pieces of the movie, much of which can be seen in trailers or figured out easily, nonetheless, this is your POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING!!! Now…. on with the show!
This may come as a shock to many people, if you know me, but I actually enjoy musical movies…. well let me clarify. I enjoy SOME musical movies. The newest Hairspray movie was a decent movie, with some catchy songs. My wife loves Grease and has probably watched the movie over one thousand times (no exaggeration… might be underselling it actually). Mamma Mia! was one of the first musicals I had ever seen live (8th Grade Class field trip to Toronto). I have never watched the entire movie, but I know and enjoy some of those songs as well. The High School Musicals… haha they are absolute trash. The songs are awful, the acting is worse and no I did not go out of my way to watch these. When I worked at a daycare center, some of the older kids liked to watch them. I unfortunately have yet to see Les Miserables, but that is on my to-do list for sure. Until the other night, Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, was my favorite music filled movie. But like I said… that was the case, until the other night…
Move over Rock of Ages, there is a new Show in town. The Greatest Showman checked a lot of the boxes that I like my music filled movies to have. Somewhat based off the true life story of PT Barnum, this film has absolutely phenomenal songs that were not only catchy and attention grabbing, but they have great replay ability. The most intriguing part about the songs though, are the very lyrics themselves. Each song, as in most music numbers, tell a story, a lesson, or are a about a moment in time, that can only be explained or expressed properly through song. The main song of the movie, “This Is Me”, tells people that it is okay to be different. Everyone is different in their own way and rather than ridicule or separate people by their differences, or by hiding yourself away because you or someone else is ashamed of who you are, is wrong and that is exactly what this song portrays and is telling you. The lyrics basically say like it or not, this is me, and I’m going to live my life. “This Is Me” has been picked up and spread like crazy because of its meaning, especially towards people being bullied.
Another good song in the movie that had a huge meaning behind it was “Come Alive”. This song didn’t tell you to be true to yourself, it took you to the next step. The main point of this song, was telling the audience and the people within the story, to dream your dreams, don’t just settle with what life hands you, but strive to be the greatest form of you, that you can be. If these two songs weren’t enough, there are still more in the movie, but those I’ll leave for the viewing of the movie.
Outside of the music though, this movie had a lot of moments that kept you enthralled in the action, a number of storylines and an abundance of fun in it. The circus elements and theatrics of this show were awesome. The Greatest Showman lived up to all of my expectations and even exceeded them in many cases. Even though I know how the movie is going to go, I will more than likely end up watching this film again. I recommend this movie to anyone that is willing to give it a shot. not just fans of musicals, but anyone that just likes movies in general. With as may life lessons or motivating moments that are packed into this movie, its bound to hit home for a multitude of viewers. One of the best messages in this movie was showing how people from every background or childhood can come together and you just might find true happiness in the most unexpecting places. Hopefully this is a good enough recap to intrigue you into watching the movie, but even if it doesn’t, as they say…. “the show must go on.”