By: Li Ling Lee/Co-editor in Chief
Telling the story of one of the greatest showman’s dreams, Phineas Taylor Barnum (P.T. Barnum), comes alive through the movie The Greatest Showman. In a musical filled with hopes, dreams, and difficulties, The Greatest Showman showcases what it was like to create a spectacle and put on a show that was different from all others at the time.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Keala Settle, amongst many other talents, their characters all work together to show the importance of loving yourself for who you are and to not being afraid of what others think, powerfully saying “This is me” and no longer hiding who they truly are just because society doesn’t accept them.
From the start of the movie to the end, I had tears in my eyes as I watched the scenes happen before me on the big screen.
As viewers follow Barnum’s life from when he was a little boy to when he created the first-ever museum-turned-circus, they get to witness the struggles and obstacles he faced while on his journey to make one of his million dreams come true. Though he was able to achieve his dream, he went through a phase where it was never enough to just have the circus and attempted to expand his horizons, which you can see yourself when you watch the movie. To get to where he wanted to be, Barnum had to walk the tightrope in order to rewrite the stars and make it to the other side for him to keep his promise to his wife at giving her the life he thought she deserved.
Being that the movie is a musical, the songs were composed and executed terrifically while the dancing was spot on. You don’t need to be musically-inclined or a dancer to be able to appreciate all of the hard work and dedication the cast put into making the movie happen. Not only was the cast an important part for creating such a thrilling film, but those who worked behind the scenes, from costumes and props to the post-production crew, also were. Your mind will be blown away watching all of the theatrics take place throughout the show.
Though the story the movie portrays isn’t truly exact to how Barnum and his circus really was back then, I hope from now on that the overall message sticks with its audience. Don’t let society decide who you are. Be proud of who you are and never give up on your dreams.
In short, it really was the greatest show.
Li Ling Lee is a Blue Ridge senior who believes that everyone should be proud to embrace their own differences. She may be insecure, but she continues to get by alright. #PraisinTheAsian