The Greatest Showman
Directed by Michael Gracey
Netflix says… Behind “The Greatest Show on Earth” was one of history’s greatest showmen, P.T. Barnum. This musical biopic centers on Barnum’s creation of the three-ring circus and his infatuation with Swedish songbird Jenny Lind.
- Some might be surprised that this is a movie that’s cracked my personal top 100.
- The surprise might be because it’s a movie that was just released in the last year.
- But this isn’t the only 2017 movie on my list. I’ve already covered It and Wonder Woman is on her way.
- Honestly, what I love about this movie isn’t so much the movie itself. Mostly, it’s the music.
- I’m unashamed to say I love a good musical. And this is a good musical.
- The story is absolutely embellished. The life of P.T. Barnum is incredibly polished for this big screen adaptation.
- But it’s polished to the point that it’s just a feel good story.
- Seeing it in the theater for the first time, I left feeling optimistic and even slightly joyful.
- No, the story of how P.T. Barnum built his showbiz empire isn’t as bright and colorful as what we see in this movie, but it sure is fun to be entertained by this exaggerated take on his life.
- And I dare you to tell me that you didn’t fall at least a little bit in love with Zendaya after watching this.
- As I said, the music is really what impressed me about this movie.
- As far as I’m concerned, there’s not a bad song among them. But I do have my favorites…
- “A Million Dreams,” “Rewrite the Stars,” and, of course, “This Is Me.”
- The fact that “This Is Me” didn’t win the Oscar for best song is a crime.
- Yeah, I saw Coco. Yeah, “Remember Me” is a decent song. But it doesn’t touch This Is Me.”
- You want proof that those awards are bought and sold? There it is.
- Oh… I almost forgot about “From Now On.” That one’s awesome, too.
- Some movies are good simply because they’re fun to experience. This is one of those.
- And there’s a really good chance that, if you’re reading this post, you saw it at some point while it was in the theater.
- Because it seemed like it was in the theater forever.
- It didn’t do well at the box office initially. But that’s because it opened at Christmas time… against the likes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Pitch Perfect 3.
- An original musical really didn’t stand a chance against franchises like those. And yet…
- The few who saw it in those opening weeks spread the word: this movie is incredible. Word of mouth brought more people to the cinema and The Greatest Showman only continued to increase in popularity, well into the new year.
- If you’re one of the few who didn’t actually see it, you really should.
- And, seriously, try not to fall just a little bit in love with Zendaya. Just try.
Come back next week for something a little more dramatic: Rain Man.