The Greatest Showman

A circus is full of tricks from animals and the humans, but the spirit only comes alive from the vision and hard work of its creators. The Greatest Showman is inspired on the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film received much acclaim at the Golden Globes and Oscars, by winning the Best Golden Globe for Best Original Song “This is Me” composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The film is a simple story of an ambitious and curious boy named P.T. Barnum who rises up to the challenge of giving his wife Charity and their two daughters a better and bigger life. In this musical/comedy it is when his daughters tell him that he needs to add some life to the collection of animal statues only then will the public be attracted to see it. P.T. Barnum seeks the strange and unbelievable people who have been discarded by the society as misfits and lo behold the circus is ready.

He soon rolls in money but when he joins hands with Philip, the character based on P.T. Burnam’s business partner James Anthony Bailey, he meets the singing sensation Jenny Lind. Jenny falls in love with P.T. and he loses a lot of money, coming rock bottom until his own misfits give him another chance.

Hugh Jackman is a large hearted man and he is perfect as P.T. Burnam. Michelle Williams for a change is in a happy role as his wife Charity. Zac Efron is cool as Philip and Rebecca Ferguson as a vixen completes the film.

The Greatest Showman is inspirational because in its subtle ways it reminds you of the current racial challenges we are having and the lack of self confidence and opportunities that the youngsters are facing. Being yourself is hard but not impossible.