As soon as I watched this movie I knew I wanted to write a review on it. Other than it obviously being my cup of tea, the film actually goes all out, and throws in some life advice too.
I would like to note that I did not listen to the soundtrack before I watched the film. I personally feel that listening to the score before seeing the action spoils it. I did it with Beauty & The Beast, and I didn’t get that “buzz” that I’d usually get from visiting the cinema and I was left rather deflated instead.
So let’s take it step by step and start at the beginning. As soon as I heard the opening notes of the first song, BOOM, I had goosebumps. I felt my heart swell, and as I’m a typical musical theatre geek, my mouth resembled the Cheshire Cat. From that moment, I knew it was going to be a good film.
The story line itself is easy to follow, and it tells a tale of P. T. Barnum, and how he started the Barnum & Bailey Circus, based on the real thing of course. You are shown how he works his way up from nothing, and the troubles and adventures he faces along the way.
P. T. Barnum is portrayed by no other than Hugh Jackman, which let’s face it, it’s worth seeing the film just to watch him. What an actor. (Seriously, has he ever been in a bad film?!) There are other big names too, like Zac Efron and my personal favourite, Zendaya.
But why should I go and see this film? You ask.
If you’re a lover of show business, you should 100% go and see this movie.
The songs are quite simple but so effective. The soundtrack actually only consists of eleven songs, which – if you compare that to Hamilton – isn’t a lot, at all. However these songs are powerful, the lyrics are beautifully written and they’re pretty relatable in honestly. (Yep, I’m definitely going to add some of these to my “sad” playlist.)
And the dance, oh my word, the dancing.. It’s just absolutely incredible. I can’t even say any more about it. I think it’s just one of those moments where you have to see it to understand. The choreography is just astounding, and the cinematography is beautifully artistic to match.
Speaking of the cinematic side of the movie, I would like to praise Seamus McGarvey for the magnificent art work he has created within this film. There’s a particular moment in the movie, which left me breathless with how stunning it was, especially when watching it for the first time. But I guess you’ll have to see for yourselves!
I rate this movie: 9/10
(I personally would have loved to see more of the performance and dancing side of the story, but overall it was an amazing film.)
Do you agree? Let me know!!
This is me, signing off!!