It’s the end of the year and with it comes the decision of which new movie I should see. I’m a Star Wars fan, having seen all the other movies and loving the action. I’m a sucker for a good sing-a-long movie like Pitch Perfect 3.
I’m here to tell you that Star Wars can wait and you can learn the words to Pitch Perfect later.
The movie everyone should see is The Greatest Showman and let me tell you why.
There are lots of standout moments from the movie, but my favorite is just a couple of words.
“Celebration of humanity”.
While this movie is a tale of P.T. Barnum and how his circus came to be, I believe that this movies did an amazing job of showcasing just that.
Now jump back a couple of years and my knowledge on P.T. Barnum is very minimal. I know his name was half of a very famous circus and once I became a communications major I found out a little more.
In school, they like to talk about Barnum as one of the pillars of communications, more specifically, they talked about him in a public relations class I took. His motto was “the public be fooled” with the example of the egress. (If you don’t know the story, look it up. It’s actually kinda interesting.)
I’m not saying they make him out to be a bad guy, but you definitely get the con-artist feel.
He may be a trickster, but this movie shows a whole other side. It shows that someone who has nothing can make something of themselves, but that sometimes having everything isn’t everything.
A big part of the movie was how Barnum took people who were different and made them feel like they were part of something bigger. The song “This Is Me” brought me to tears because I hate thinking about how people feel broken because other people make them feel ashamed of themselves when they have nothing to be ashamed of.
In a world where so much of this very thing is happening, this movie was a real eye opener to how cruel and afraid of change some people can be. It was also a reminder of how brave other really are.
“You are putting folks of all kinds on stage with you, presenting them as equals.”
I can tell you how great the costumes were, the sets the music and the actors, but your don’t need me to because you already know. I mean period pieces are always amazing. It’s New York City, enough said. Music from the people who wrote the music for La La Land. Hugh Jackman. Zac Efron. Zendaya. That is all.
Go and see it for yourselves, trust me you aren’t gonna want to miss it.