Friday, January 12, 2018

“The noblest art is that of making others happy” ― P.T. Barnum

Hello Readers!

Over the holidays The Greatest Showman was released in theaters. The trailer was good and it looked like an enjoyable movie but I had no pressing desire to see it. I thought maybe I would rent it when it came into Red Box. After all, it is a musical, and I am not really a fan of musicals. When Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx, came out in 2014, my opinion of musicals changed. The music was more modern and the songs seemed more fluid with the story telling. Last year Beauty and the Beast hit the theaters and Dan Stevens and Emma Watson sold me on musicals. They seemed more imaginative, more appealing to this day and age. Plus, its a beautiful retelling of the classic childhood fairy-tale.

Now, The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Zac Efron. When you hear Hugh Jackman, you probably think Wolverine. When you hear Zendaya, its probably Disney Channel. And when you hear Zac Efron, its usually High School Musical. These three very different actors come together with many other, very talented, actors and created a beautiful piece that families can enjoy. It shows how all people are equal regardless of gender, size, race, status, deformities, education etc. The movie touches on the importance of love, communication, and staying true to who one is. With bright colors, captivating songs, crisp dancing, and talented acting, The Greatest Showman is, as stated by one of the characters, "a celebration of humanity". I left the movie theater happy, humming the songs, and eager to see it again. A few days later, I viewed the movie a second time and was just as satisfied as I left. The soundtrack is a new favorite of mine and the lyrics are just as inspiring.

The Greatest Showman is rated PG and is a good film for families. While every family is different in their belief's and every child is different in what content they can watch. It is my opinion that children 9/10 and older can view this movie. There are some scenes that may be frightening for younger children and there is one "bad" word that is repeated a couple times in Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron's duet together. Because P.T. Barnum's show is a circus, typical circus costumes can be expected, but are, for the most part, modest. I recommend this movie for families wanting an uplifting, joy-filled story about love, family, and pursuing dreams.

If parents are wanting a more in depth detailing of content to be aware of before watching with children, they can check out reviews at commonsensemedia.org and christiananswers.net/spotlight.

Happy watching!