The Greatest Showman (2017)
When Adam recommended I watch The Greatest Showman for my latest movie review, I finally felt excited. Granted, anything would be a step up from Adam Sandler movies in 2018 (why didn't he recommend Sandy Wexler while he was at it?). I hadn't really slept much and was afraid I wasn't going to get The Greatest Showman in this week - but then I got a text alert for a free rental at Redbox. Couldn't pass it up. I put in The Greatest Showman and 3 minutes in, I could tell this was going to be something special. Hugh Jackman is absolutely great as a visionary who risks it all for his family and for his own happiness. Fame, as always, comes with a price and Jackman finds out first hand what it can cost you.
The movie is so real and so perfect in so many ways. First, it's certainly a musical - so be aware of that before going in. Some people do not enjoy musicals. I, personally, love them. You will become invested in the film. In a particular scene where Jackman (PT Barnum) introduces Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) as a singer to the crowd - when Hugh Jackman looks in astonishment and excitement, you, too, look on in astonishment and excitement. Again, you get invested. You care about the characters. Having Zac Efron is always a plus (I mean he is dreamy, right?) - but his role is FANTASTIC as well. It's not his normal Neighbors/Neighbors 2 garbage role, but a serious role in which he shines. Plus bonus points for his love angle with Zendaya.
The Greatest Showman was so good that I listened to the soundtrack on my way to work the day after watching the film. It's mind blowing how good the cast is. My one knock is the moment when you start to despise Barnum for being an idiot, but that's the issue in the story which comes full circle. Ultimately, it's a film that shows you should always be yourself no matter what because people will respect and love that more than anything else. If people do not, then you don't need them in your life. Joy is better than money and friendship is worth more than all the riches in the world. Ultimately, The Greatest Showman did not disappoint and has me raving to all my friends to go see this movie instantly. I'm excited to watch it again and again and I'm recommending you go out and watch it immediately! You won't regret it!
The clip below on it's own may not mean much, but is certainly an iconic point within the movie and the scene I reference when Jackman (Barnum) and your feelings will mesh into a grand "feels" moment that will stick with you for awhile.