The Greatest Showman: Is this the greatest show? (Review)

Welcome back,
Another day, another film review. Forgive the corny title, couldn’t help myself! This time I’m reviewing the incredibly popular and Golden Globe nominated ‘The Greatest Showman’.
The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of showbiz, and follows the story of P T Barnum (Hugh Jackman) a visionary who came from nothing and ended up a worldwide sensation. 
There’s been a large amount of hype built up for this film but I do wonder if it’s more because of the actors rather than the film as a whole.
The entire cast give amazing performances throughout. They all showcased their incredible abundance of talent with the use of the musical numbers. 
However, this film had pacing issues that were incredibly difficult to ignore. Thus, making the film less enjoyable.
The pacing was borderline non-existent. I still haven’t grasped how Phillip (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) managed to develop a romantic relationship. It’s a shame that the characters’ backstories weren’t explored in greater detail.
The film lacked depth because of the amount of musical numbers that needed to be crammed into a 1hr 46mins spectacular.
Now, I loved the musical numbers. The soundtrack is lovely. But I feel this film could have easily been 2+hrs, fixed those pesky pacing issues and easily become a favourite of mine.
In my opinion, the song “A Million Dreams” lasted too long. It’s a sweet song, and the scene with young P T Barnum (Ziv Zaifman) and Young Charity (Skylar Dunn) is beautiful but the song could have concluded after that. 
Other than those niggles, I really enjoyed the film. I just wish there was more to the film. For example, actual character backstories that weren’t just their appearances. 
I still recommend people to see the film as it is a good time and very aesthetically pleasing. 


  • molliewesthead

    This was an interesting read, I absolutely love this film and don’t get me started on the soundtrack it’s been on repeat since I watched it! I can completely understand your niggles on it! X

    • lhope884

      Yeah the soundtrack is amazing. Just upset the film didn’t quite match its standard. I’d definitely watch it again but would’ve been nice to have had more to it. Thank you! X

  • foundationsandfairytales

    I absolutely love this film it’s definitely one of my favourites of the year already! We’ve been to see it three times now, one sing-a-long (which my partner hated) and two normal performances. The soundtrack is amazing I love all of the songs and I think the cast did a fabulous job with the dance routines too! I do agree with you about the backstories of characters though as I wouldn’t have minded the film being longer if we got to know more about them!
    Jess xx

  • Ellyn Rebecca

    My sister has become obsessed with this film! I haven’t seen it yet but I will say I do hope Keala wins the Oscar for the song as I just think it has such a great message and when she sings it, I really feel her heart and soul pour into the lyrics!
    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  • Diary of a Spanglish Girl

    The soundtrack is AMAZING and I worship Hugh Grant and Zac Efron. I understand your complete about Zac and Zendayas relationship though! I loved the film and your post was great to read xx

  • daniellepitter

    I haven’t seen THE GREATEST SHOWMAN but I’ve heard the soundtrack and I really liked it! I can understand how the pacing affects the movie itself. If it feels too rushed, then you won’t be into it as much.

    • lhope884

      It’s a good film! Yeah, I would say it rushes a bit so skims over some important stuff that I would’ve loved to have seen in it. Thanks for reading! x

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