I have always been a fan of musicals, from the time I was little and first saw Elvis Presley singing in Jailhouse Rock. There is just something about adding music to storytelling that uplifts the story and creates emotion in a way that cannot be described. From the Sound of Music to Singing in the Rain, to High School Musical a movie my son watched over and over. Musicals have a way of grabbing your attention and making you feel good inside, which is just one of the reasons why parents need to sit down and watch The Greatest Showman with their kids.
The Greatest Showman may not have thrilled everyone at the box office, but it’s because critics are looking in the wrong direction when reviewing this musical genius. The movie was inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, and the original music in the movie celebrates more than just the birth of show business as the story begins to tell. It breaks open a piece of humanity we (especially our children) deal with on a daily basis. Understand what you want out of your life, believing in yourself, and having no fear of being who you are.
A Million Dreams & More
From the opening number, you are hooked to the Greatest Showman. At first, you think it’s a love story, which it is. It’s about the love a man has for a woman. P.T. Barnum who wants more for himself and his wife, after being labeled as nothing in life. The opening song leads into Barnum being The Greatest Showman, a destiny he wishes to create. However, it’s Million Dreams number that grabs my heart as Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams light up the screen.
The Strange and Wonderful
Barnum embarks on a journey to discover the strange and macabre to bring people in to see his museum of wonderful and weird. Things people are interested in. He puts together a show with the tallest man, Chinese twins, a man with tattoos all over his body (just to name a few) but not everyone is interested in a bunch of freaks.
It’s Okay to Be Different
What I love about this movie is that not only is it a journey of P.T. Barnum learning he is good enough for the world, but the other performers coming together, each unique and strange and mysterious in their own ways, as a family to learn that it’s okay just being who you are. It’s a lesson every child should learn. We are all good enough in this world. We just have to believe in ourselves, and ignore what society says it right and wrong to create our own destiny.
Behind The Scenes
I love watching behind the scenes. The Greatest Showman almost didn’t get made. It took 7 years of waiting and it was worth every second. If you missed it in the theater, please take a moment to go out and get it on DVD to watch with your kids. The moral lessons in the film are ones we as parents need to instill in our children.
My boy, Trace loved the film. He’s watched it over and over. His favorite song is the theme to the movie called “This is Me.” as Trace has disabilities and often feels left out or not in place in life. This is Me, has helped him learn no matter what you deal with it is okay to be yourself and accept yourself for who you are.
The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Keala Settle is an amazing movie/musical you must see! One of the best performances in the film is by Rebecca singing Never Enough. It brought tears to my eyes. So go and watch it and tell me what you think.