The inspiring movie based on Phineas T. Barnum and his journey to the circus, 20th Century Fox has outdone itself in creating a spectacular motion picture with an award winning soundtrack, “The Greatest Showman”. Watching the trailers for this movie, it looked like a childish film with the same basic story line of two people falling in love, but soon after watching it, my views were instantly changed. The movie begins with P.T. Barnum’s show with performers and lights, giving the audience an instant wow factor. It not only has a beautiful love story between Phillip (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), but it also follows Barnum’s life balancing his family and the show.
In the movie, the swedish meadowlark Jenny Lind (played by Rebecca Ferguson) falls in love with Barnum even though he is already married to his wife, Charity. This became the most frustrating part in the movie as she wants him to love her and he doesn’t, so in her last performance, she kisses him as a sign of “goodbye”. To you or I, it doesn’t seem like a big deal until later in the movie. Charity sees a newspaper with the two kissing as the headline story, ruining their family. The reason why it was frustrating was the fact that I never saw it coming.
The second story line with Phillip (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) made this movie a little more interesting. Phillip and Anne almost have a “forbidden” love as the time period is set when blacks and whites were still separate. Although this was the case, he didn’t stop fighting to keep their love together as shown in the hit song, “Rewrite the Stars”. Although the film was beyond fantastic, there were some flaws. The stunts such as the trapeze scenes and a few of the circus acts which made the movie a little unrealistic. Despite this, the magic of movies made it look almost real to the eye.
Many people I have talked to had a problem with the casting of this movie, which I disagree entirely with. If this movie had cast people that no one knew, the popularity of it would have gone down immensely. Within the first week, this movie had made $19 million off of ticket sales and would continue to grow up to $84 million. “The Greatest Showman” has a wonderful story line and amazing songs that keep you listening over and over again. It’s worth your time and money.