Looking for a musical with catchy songs, beautiful (and unique) shots, and a story based off real life events?
Here it is: The Greatest Showman.
This is going to be a very open review. The Greatest Showman has all that it boasts and much more. My goal here is to list the uplifting and the negative elements in this movie without stating too much of my opinion (which can be discussed in the comments). In fact, if I did try to tell you my summary of the movie, I'm still not sure if I "liked" or "didn't like" this movie. So let's see how it goes.
Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again.
Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.
This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
By 20th Century Fox
Directed by Michael Gracey
There were several things in the movie that I didn't particularly appreciate. The main one was probably the language. The movie review site my family often goes to mentioned two or three crude words, but in watching the story we caught the Lord's name in vain at least half a dozen times. That, in itself, is enough for me personally to ditch a movie. And because of that, the first time I watched The Greatest Showman, I did step out half-way.
The movie portrayed beer, liquor, etc. in several scenes. It wasn't a sip either, there was a lot of drinking. Depending on your convictions, you might want to skip a scene of two because of this aspect.
There was also a vast amount of immodesty in this movie. I won't go into detail, but viewers might want to take caution.
Lastly, in this movie a woman acted seductively around a married man and went as far as kissing him unexpectedly. There are other forms of pre-marital romance in the movie as well (which can be read here). This aspect, as well as the others, are ones that should be taken note of. If you have a way to filter movies (like through VidAngel), perhaps the issues I have with the movie could be avoided.
I had several close friends recommend this movie to me. And really, I did enjoy it! The beginning and end was very sweet, and the filming was well-done. Many beautiful shots. And the dancing...! *happy sigh*
The Greatest Showman is probably most well-known for its soundtrack, and the songs were indeed amazing. Several of them are ones that I remember very fondly (such as this song - ahhhhh!), but all are professional and fun to listen to.
I appreciated the themes of the story, including accepting people despite their differences, focusing on family instead of fame or fortune, and overcoming hardships together. I could pick apart the movie, but there certainly were good morals displayed that I appreciated.
Overall, The Greatest Showman was a very well-made movie with a great soundtrack, lovely shots, and overarching themes. It is not a Christian movie, and I don't think I could watch it again because of some of the negative elements.
Am I glad I watched it? I would say yes. However, I can't say decisively if the movie is honoring to God or not, and I wouldn't be able to recommend it to anyone without warning them.
Phew, this review sounded more negative than I expected, but I want to be as honest as possible. Because so many Christians are raving about this movie, I want to chat together. Have you watched The Greatest Showman, and, if so, what were your thoughts? From my review, would you be willing to spend an hour and a half of your time viewing it or not? Should followers of Christ fill their minds with the themes and elements this movie portrayed?
(And do you ever have a million dreams keeping you awake like I do?! Author problems, haha.)
Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.