Movie Review: The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman plays the role of P.T. Barnum in his second big role in a film musical (Les Miserable). If you are looking for a factual representation of Barnum’s life, this is not the movie for you.  The film is loosely based on Barnum’s rags to riches story and is filled with some creative additions to make the story better. Check Wikipedia for more factual information.

The movie skips Barnum’s teenage years and shares a small portion of his childhood, which begins the lifelong relationship between Barnum and his future wife, Charity. Charity comes from wealth, and P.T.’s incessant drive to surpass his father in law in both power and prowess leads to a few hiccups. The Barnum’s have two daughters who help move the plot along.

Visual Representation:
Visually, this movie is stunning with the large sets, era costuming, and acrobatic scenes when the entire circus comes to life. T

The Music:
The music is incredible. Yes, incredible. We have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop since we saw the movie. Dare I say Oscar-worthy for the best original song. Listen to the soundtrack here.

Themes and Motifs:
Acceptance, Grit, Racism, Chase your Dreams.

Parents Guide for the Greatest Showman: 
Boys gets slapped in the face by an older man.
Girls in the circus wear circus costumes some would define as scantily clad.
Drinking and smoking throughout the film
Damn and Hell are used.
Adultery is implied or assumed based on a kiss.
Racist words and tones used

We would take our entire family to this movie, with a talk either before or after about racism, why and how we can accept everyone even if they are different from us. And the difference between truth and what movies portray.

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