It is a rare occurrence for me to watch a film in the cinema and go home feeling empowered, positive and full of energy! Yeah, I’ve watched plenty of films in the cinema that I’ve really enjoyed and would 100% buy on DVD. But up until now, I’ve never felt so influenced by a film that I’ve wanted to watch again… And again… And again!
After Christmas, my best friend and I went to Leeds to watch The Greatest Showman. I laughed, cried and tapped my feet in time to the music. As soon as the credits rolled, I already wanted to watch it again. And I did.
A few weeks later, I went to Ilkley Cinema with my parents and boyfriend to see it again. I began to worry during the day that it would ruin how much I adored it the first time but rest assured, it didn’t.
I’m not going to do a typical film review because I feel like I owe it more since this film has made it into my top 10 favourite films of all time.
So without further ado, here are 5 things The Greatest Showman taught me:
It’s ok to embrace your imperfections.
Without spoiling the film too much for those who haven’t seen it yet, the theme song: “This is me,” is a powerful song, beautifully sang by Keala Settle. The lyrics scream out “love yourself” and it’s just incredible. The lyrics are as follow:
“Hide away, they say
Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are”
“When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me.”
This song alone taught me that I should embrace my flaws and be proud of who I am and love everything that is unique about me. The rest of the soundtrack is just as amazing as this one song so make sure you listen!
Musicals are underrated.
I forgot how much I truly adored musicals before I saw The Greatest Showman. And now all I can think about is how much musicals make me happy. I love The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph, Mamma Mia and ANY Disney film. I absolutely love blasting out the soundtrack to musicals in the car on the way to work.
It’s also my dream to be in a musical theatre production on the West End. It’s never going to happen and the nearest I’ve got is playing Cinderella in the village panto but hey ho, a girl can dream.
Family is everything.
Hugh Jackman goes on a whirlwind journey in The Greatest Showman. He loses his job, gets into debt, almost has an affair along with plenty of other things yet his family stay by his side throughout it all. Don’t ignore the power of family. Tell them you love them when you can and always cherish the memories you make with them.
You can fall in love with whoever the f*ck you like.
Zac Efron and Zendaya’s characters come from totally different backgrounds yet they manage to create the most romantic love story EVER. You can fall in love with whoever you like whether they’re a different age, gender, race or have had a completely different upbringing to you.
The Greatest Showman taught me that you basically have to f*ck what everyone else thinks and follow your heart.
Zac Efron is still so HOT.
Zac Efron has been my celebrity crush since High School Musical and recently, he’s been starring in a number of films but his character in The Greatest Showman is on another level. There’s something about him singing in a bar with Hugh Jackman that makes you feel like you need a bit of fresh air during the film. He is incredibly charming and witty in the film and I can warn you now, you are likely to feel very jealous of Zendaya throughout the film.