Why is The Greatest Showman such a hit? 

Written by Charlotte White

Arguably one of the most raved about cinematic experiences of this year (yes I know we’re only in the first month), The Greatest Showman is all people can talk about on social media. So I thought we’d join the bandwagon  and discuss what makes The Greatest Showman so great.

To start with, let’s talk about Hugh Jackman who plays the ‘circus king’ himself P T Barnum. Personally I don’t think anyone else could have portrayed this role quite like him. He truly is a born performer and this comes through during the entirety of the film. He ‘Come[s] Alive’ in every number and exudes showmanship and pizzazz in the classiest way possible.

He’s back! Zac Efron makes his return to Musicals in a big way! With numbers like ‘The Other Side’ and ‘Rewrite the stars’ he reminds us why the world fell in love with him as Troy Bolton all those years ago. However, he shows us even more aspects of his talent as high class socialite Phillip Carlyle with technical choreography and his great partnership with the fabulous Anne Wheeler played beautifully by Zendaya.

Of course the film wouldn’t be the same without the incredible Soundtrack from Pasek and Paul. Each song is beautifully written and relates to the story perfectly. You can’t listen to these songs and not feel something whether makes you want to smile from ear to ear or burst in to tears.

With anthems like ‘This is Me’ (performed by the incredible Keala Settle), it puts across such a positive message saying it’s ok to be different. It inspires us to be more accepting of who we are and I think so many people can relate to that.

Throughout the film you can see there’s a good bond between the cast and this is shown by how well the cast work together. We can see them enjoying themselves and that makes us enjoy watching.

With a combination of all these things, The Greatest Showman has won over the world and gained a special place in our hearts. If you haven’t seen it yet, believe me, you won’t be disappointed.


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