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The Greatest Showman (2017)

I have been listening to the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman for about a month now, and absolutely love it. I can't believe I have only just seen the film as I have been wanting to see it since I first saw the trailers. 

For those who haven't yet seen it, I couldn't recommend it more. It was amazing. From the superb acting to the spectacular visuals, intriguing storyline and out-of-this-world soundtrack, I can see why everyone was raving about it. 

Hugh Jackman brilliantly portrays P.T Barnum, a man who has come from nothing and promises to give the love of his life (played by the wonderful Michelle Williams) and his family everything. From his humble beginnings, the adventure Barnum goes on has bumps along the way as he is inevitably sucked into the fame machine. Based on a true story (of which some of it is of course altered for the screen) Barnum creates a circus, full of those who are thought of as outsiders in the world. A spectacle to people around the world, his fame and arrogance grow — resulting in an inevitable downfall. He comes to realise that his family are everything to him and that is all he needs. 

With an amazing supporting cast, the whole film makes you want to get up and perform. Keeping you tapping your toes throughout, each moment connects you with the plot as it takes you on a adventure, showcasing the cruelty that people who were not deemed normal faced in the 19th century. I was particularly taken by how incredible the child actors in the film also were, from Ellis Rubin who played a young Barnum, to his two young daughters played by Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely. 

Keala Setlle was also brilliant as Lettie Lutz (otherwise cruelly known in circus terms as the 'bearded lady'), Zac Efron shone as Phillip Carlyle and Zendaya was surprisingly spectacular as Anne Wheeler. 

Directed by Michael Gracey, I think this film will be enjoyed by everyone as it has everything you could possibly want in a musical. Partially written by the talented Bill Condon (who directed the breathtaking Beauty and the Beast), the 7 and a half years this took to make was 10000% worth it. 

From heart-wrenching scenes depicting realistic situations to the incredible performances, it is a film that I am excited by the prospect of watching again. A brilliant motion picture through and through. 

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— AW