The title of this post holds a big question. Was The Greatest Showman the greatest film of 2017? It came out on Boxing Day, but remained fairly under the radar, until now.
This film may not be my best movie of 2017, but it sure will be a contender for my favourite movie of 2018. I’m classing it as a 2018 film, as I have only just seen it.
Due to the busy month of January, and down to being totally skint from Christmas, the cinema was put on the back burner. Which actually was very hard for me. Thankfully this won’t happen anymore, as I’m now an Odeon Limitless member. And when the excitement wears off about that (probably never), I will stop mentioning it.
So thanks to Limitless I got to spend a couple of evenings in the cinema last week, and finally got to see this movie. Moving forward with my Film Friday posts I’ve decided to do cinema reviews in groups, however this film needed one of its own.
Big statement coming – I think The Greatest Showman will go down as one of my all time favourite films.
I didn’t read up about it, watch the trailer or listen to the soundtrack ahead of seeing it. I wanted it to be a complete surprise.
From the moment the film started, I was hooked. It opens with a musical number, which completely took my breathe away, and it doesn’t let up till the end.
For those that don’t know what this film is about, let me tell you a brief overview. It is based on the real life man, P.T. Barnum. He was a showman from the 1800’s, and created the Barnum and Bailey circus. It is a tale of imagination, determination, and self discovery. The message of ‘you don’t realise you have it all, until all is gone’, is strong throughout the film.
Hugh Jackman is fantastic as Barnum. Although I love Hugh as Wolverine, I really do see him as a true musical performer. The same for Zac Efron (the dreamboat he is). It was so good to see him back in another musical.
I had heard of Zendaya before, through her amazing style, however I’d not seen her perform, (I’m too old for her Disney channel days). She was brilliant, I read she had spent 10 weeks learning the art of trapeze.
This musical also showcased the singing and dancing talents of Michelle Williams, who put in another brilliant performance as Barnum’s wife, Charity.
What really struck me with this film was I couldn’t guess where it was going, but I was hoping for certain outcomes. All the way through I was keeping my fingers crossed for what would happen, and it did. This film was so satisfying to watch.
The cinematography in it was brilliant. It is a like a grand theatre performance that has been filmed.
When I read up about the making of the movie, it mentioned how the scenes were rehearsed and work-shopped like a theatre performance. You can tell this, as the routines and stunts are so slick, and tight together.
The main aspect of the film that I think is its biggest selling point is the music. The soundtrack to this film is incredible. The duo who wrote the songs are also responsible for City Of Stars from La La Land.
I haven’t stopped listening to the music since I saw it.
The Curtain Call
All in all I’d say that if you love musicals, then you’re clearly going to love this. If you’re on the fence about musicals, then I’d say it leans more to the classic Rogers & Hammerstein era, rather than more modern ones like Grease and Hairspray.
I believe that when you go watch a film, you should feel fully submerged in the story. Your mind shouldn’t be wandering to what you’re having for tea, or what you’re doing tomorrow. You should be so consumed that you don’t want to the picture to end. That is what this film does.
I had no concept of time watching it, I couldn’t tell when it was ending. I didn’t want it to end. So, if that’s anything to go by, then have I twisted your arm to see it?
If that doesn’t here are it’s Award Season Stats –
- Academy Awards – Nominated for Best Original Song – “This Is Me” – Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
- Golden Globes – Nominated Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy – Nominated Best Actor Musical/Comedy – Hugh Jackman. Nominated Best Original Song – This Is Me – WON.
If you have seen the movie then let me know what you thought of it. Did you love it as much as me?
Have a great weekend.
*All images via Google Search. From 20th Century Fox, The Greatest Showman Official.