I have never been so captivated by a movie the moment it begins. The beginning number “Greatest Show” literally left me with goosebumps, and I couldn’t look away from the screen! With each piece of the story, each score, each beautifully cinemagraphed scene, I was hooked the moment Hugh Jackman came on the screen.
The real P.T. Barnum was not a man looking to expose the world to the oddities of the world, but a salesman, exploiting his customers desire to be “hoodwinked”. He even coined the saying, “A sucker is born every day.” He knew what it took to sell his product even if the product wasn’t the most moral or honest offering.
The P.T. Barnum in this movie was depicted as “the good guy”, giving a bunch of misfits an opportunity to be part of something that wouldn’t depict them as obscene or undesirable, but someone people wanted to see, paid money to be part of. It may be the truth that Barnum wanted to put these people in the limelight to be part of something bigger than themselves, but the real motive may not have been that golden.
Regardless of the morals of Barnum, this story was entertaining, beautifully scripted and scored, and the choreography was incredible. This movie brought out so many emotions, some of which almost drove me to leave the theater, but I won’t spoil that one for you. It is a powerful cinematic feature, and I enjoyed every moment of it, quickly reaching the top of my list of all time favorite movies. If you can’t tell by now, I highly recommend it. Did I mention I own the soundtrack and movie already?