The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, is one of the greatest musicals I have ever seen. The first time I saw it was in the theaters and I fell in love with the cast and the songs. Since that time, I have seen the movie many times again and listen to the songs hundred of times. The story line is amazing and has you on the edge of your seat every scene.
In the beginning Hugh Jackman, playing P.T. Barnum, is a poor boy who meets this young girl and they fall in love. They sing “A Million Dreams” and this is one of my favorite songs of the whole movie. You watch them grow up and eventually get married and have two little girls. His daughters help him to open a museum with odd people. Some extremely short, tall, fat, hairy, etc. In the beginning he doesn’t get much success, but as he keeps working on it, and never gives up, his circus begins to become a hit. He eventually get invited to see the Queen of England with his whole circus.
As he begins to get famous, he and his family move into an extraordinary house and his oldest daughter joins the ballet. However, she faces judgement from the other girls because of who her dad is and he is looked upon as a disgrace to the community. However, P.T. Barnum doesn’t let this discourage him, and encourages his daughter to do the same. Eventually he meets Philip Carlyle and convinces him to help him run his circus in the song “The Other Side.” This is also an amazing song, but all of them are.
However, there are many difficulties that the characters have to overcome throughout the movie. First of all, P.T. Barnum’s circus isn’t an instant hit. Many people hate the idea of it, actually, and some people set the tent on fire. This causes Philip to be in the hospital for many days and Anne Wheeler is there by his side the whole time. This introduces another problem. Philip and Anne are in love, but she is a disgrace to society because she is black. But, they keep fighting for each other, and they sing my favorite song together, “Rewrite the Stars.”
Overall, this is one of my favorite movies ever! I love every minute of it and the cast and soundtrack is amazing. This movie gives me motivation and hope that I can do anything that I put my mind to. It also teaches me that it’s okay to be different than everybody else, and even good to stand out. Like P.T. Barnum said, “No one ever made a difference by being like everybody else…”