I’ve seen The Greatest Showman twice now...
And it is officially my favourite movie of 2017. This is going to be a long post with lots of gifs (none of them are mine). You have been warned.
This movie is essentially my kryptonite with it’s beautiful interracial romance
It’s bad ass choreography
Like look at how beautiful they are when they’re dancing on the roof and how fluid the movements are and I just wow
And the shot glasses in The Other Side like OMG dude that bartender needs to get some serious credit, damn son and then Hugh and Zac just killed it
Oh and Rewrite the Stars…not enough words to praise the choreography in this scene. Has a musical number ever been done on a trapeze before? I really don’t think so. It astounds me that Zac and Zendaya did most of this (If not all, I’m not sure) by themselves and they looked damn good doing it too.
And look at these costumes!
I want Jenny Lind’s wardrobe. For real.
You can’t really see her dress in the gif above but it’s the best I could find.
AND THE MUSIC, OH LORD THE MUSIC. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE SOUNDTRACK NONSTOP SINCE I SAW THE MOVIE.
Seriously if “This Is Me” does not win best song at the Golden Globes there will be hell to pay, because the lyrics are incredibly moving and Keala Settle’s performance is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life.
And starting the movie with Hugh Jackman saying “Ladies and Gents this is the moment you’ve waited for” and doing those poses was such a powerhouse move. The sheer ballsiness and confidence of that act just blows my mind.
A Million Dreams is one of my favourite numbers and I love how it shows Barnum and Charity transitioning from childhood to adulthood and how Charity has always been the one constant in Barnum’s life. I’ve already mentioned how gorgeous their dance sequence on the roof was.
Rewrite the Stars is beautiful with the way it shows how much Anne and Phillip want to be with each other but Anne is always out of Phillip’s reach and I CANNOT WITH HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM AND THIS NUMBER OKAY?
And look at the smooth moves in Come Alive. Basically every song has a purpose, every song moves the story forward and/or comes out of an emotional moment for these characters. Nothing is frivolous, nothing is wasted.
To sum up, The Greatest Showman is a tour de force of romance, costuming, choreography, and music. It is visually spectacular and the transitions and the cuts are seamless. The casting is on point and I want Zac Efron, Zendaya, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Keala Settle, and Rebecca Ferguson to make a million more movies like this. Also I firmly believe that Pasek and Paul are this generations Rodgers and Hammerstein and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Please go see this movie and watch Hugh Jackman doing this
I LOVE IT ALL!