LADIES AND GENTS, THIS IS THE MOMENT YOU’VE WAITED FOR!
I’m (semi) interrupting my series of things that inspire my writing because, once again, I have fallen into the hands of P.T. Barnum and his circus of humanity. Today I went to see the film for the second time and honestly it was just as amazing as the first time around!
The reviews have been pretty bad from critics and I’m not sure if it’s purely because of the less amazing truth behind the story of Barnum’s history of racism and animal abuse. However, while awful, he is the man that begun the world of circus and gave a group of outsiders a home and a family – whatever his intentions are. This film is also obviously dramatised and it’s an interpretation of the start of the circus. Does it really matter the origins of the story? Can’t we all just enjoy the magic of the movie?.
James Gordon Bennett: “Does it bother you that everything you are selling is fake?”
P.T. Barnum: “Do these smiles seem fake?”
I think the film has such great messages to the audience, I know for sure I wish that This Is Me had come out when I was 13. The song just stands for everyone who has felt a little bit odd and out of place; for everyone who has had horrible things said to or about them, for everyone that has ever been made to believe they are not good enough, this song is their anthem. Never has a song made me feel more proud of who I am and want to literally scream from the rooftops that I am who I’m meant to be.
Even without the messages and morals, the film just has a way of capturing your heart. Within the first 10 seconds, the beat and timing of Hugh Jackman’s movements will give you goosebumps, within 10 minutes, you’ve cried, laughed, and fallen in love. The film will make you question your life and think about the dreams you’ve kept hidden away in the “wishing machine”.
Honestly, no matter how hard I try, there’s only one way I can describe this film and that is:
THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW!
Have you seen the film? What did you think? If you haven’t, you need to go now. Just go. Now. I’m waiting. Come back and thank me later!