The Greatest Showman recreates the classic story of the circus

The Greatest Showman stuns audiences with its musicality and star studded cast

Kayla Farrey, Staff Writer

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With upbeat music and cheerful dancing, The Greatest Showman does not disappoint. The vibrant costume, hair colors, and characters of the movie will make it challenging for audience members to not enjoy this movie. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya put on a stellar performance, completely diving into their characters, and flaunting   crazy hair and costumes.

This is the story of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the showman of all showmen. The movie showed Barnum using persuasion, imagination, and forward thinking to turn the minds of millions of people. He displayed “freaks,” as some called them, to the world and promoted equality for all people no matter what their appearance. Per usual, critics and non-believers flooded the scene of Barnum’s most memorable creation: his beloved circus.

The movie proves that family and friends unfailingly help to keep everything together in times of trouble. The message of the movie is truly stunning – sometimes the most beautiful, kind, warm, and friendly souls are the people society judges the most.

At certain points in the film, the circus cast was treated as less than garbage. Instead of admitting defeat, they persisted on, singing “This Is Me.” The lyrics to this song prove to be relevant in today’s society. The song states that marching to your own rhythm is not something that should be looked down upon, rather it should be applauded and celebrated. With a world so full of tragedy, the greatest showman highlights the importance of spreading happiness in unique ways.

After watching the film, one character’s voice stood out loud and clear. The character was Jenny Lind, portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson, whose voice was completely mesmerizing. Though, after further investigation, it seems as though two people played the role of Jenny Lind: Rebecca Ferguson, as the on-screen actor, and Loren Allred, the musical voice. The angelic singing voice is a completely different person, than the actor. The singer, Loren Allred, was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” season 3. She did not win the competition, but she has gained serious attention after the release of this movie.

For anyone compelled by acrobatics, musical sing-alongs, dance routines, and the circus lifestyle in general, this is a movie for you. Starting off with P. T. Barnum as a young boy, forging for food and work, to watching him excel into a successful businessman. His company has brought smiles to millions of people and will continue to through the course of this movie.

 

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