The Greatest Showman Film Review

As soon as I had seen the trailer I knew I was going to love this film. If you are looking for a film to see at the cinema then I highly recommend seeing the 20th Century Fox musical about P.T.Barnum….. The Greatest Showman

Greatest Showman

Originally we went to see Ferdinand last week for a cinema treat on that awkward week between Christmas and New Year. You know the week, where you can’t think what day it is and full up on turkey and cheese. I went with Josie who loves watching films and is a real little film buff. We sat through the trailers of Early Man, The Isle of Dogs (if you loved Fantastic Mr Fox with taxidermy looking animals then this film is for you) and then came The Greatest Showman. The trailer instantly made me want to see the film, not just because Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron was eye candy and my favourite actors but the story, the song used in the trailer also drew me in. I loved the feel of the song and found this complimented the trailer perfectly.

The Greatest Showman is directed by Michael Gracey and wrote by Bill Condon and Jenny Bicks. This is actually Michael’s directing debut and what an impressive first film. The Greatest Showman is a period musical inspired by the story of the talented P.T.Barnum and his star attractions. The story shows how P.T.Barnum rose from being nothing to a worldwide sensation. In real lift I was interested to learn The Barnum & Bailey Circus was brought by Ringling Bros. and the circus closed on May 21st 2017 after 146 years in operation, due to low attendance and high costs.

The film boasts a large array of well known and talented actors such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson. I felt they all play the parts so well, Hugh Jackman really brings his character to life and has such energy during the film you can tell he really loved making the movie. Zac Efron and Zendaya have an explosive chemistry that is beautiful to watch. As I have been obsessing over the film since I saw it, I have watched many behind the scene videos and interviews and how they all got on is great to see. You can tell they all loved making this film. I was astounded at the trapeze skills from Zendaya. During the scene for Rewrite The Stars, the work Zac and Zendaya put into this is out of this world.

I won’t got to in depth about the film as I don’t want to share any spoilers. One thing I loved is how much warmth you feel to the starts of the Barnum Circus. To see how they suffer from people not accepting any abnormalities really makes you feel for the characters. This film is great for showing that everyone no matter how different they are all are important and have feelings. You really get a sense of unity during the film, I loved this as it doesn’t focus on the characters abnormalities but shows how they come together and how they overcome small minded peoples views.

Greatest Showman

So the soundtrack (at time of writing this post) is currently number No.1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and oh my days the soundtrack is nothing short of awesome! I have had this on loop, i am not even being dramatic here….I have had this constantly playing on my spotify. I even brought the CD for the car. Myself and Josie are obsessed with the songs. I like all of the songs and the more you listen to the words the more the songs have real meanings. My favourites have to be the Golden Globes 2018 Best Original ‘This Is Me’ performed by the talented Keala Settle. Make sure you look on YouTube for a video of Keala singing in rehearsals, the energy and emotion is outstanding. I read a review of autotune and CGI heavily used and makes this not believable. When you see the rehearsal videos of Keala and Hugh Jackman then you will see how talented these people are.

From Now On performed by Hugh Jackman is so catchy. This is on par in my favourite alongside with This Is Me. The part in the film is beautifully done and the dancers are amazing. They should be shown more as they are so talented. The dancers with the white hair, albino looking really stood out for me and you are bound to notice their talents in the film. The Greatest Show has also grown on me the more I have listened, such a catchy feel good tune. I could carry on but you can guess I totally love this soundtrack. For me not even skipping any songs as each one is excellent really shows that the songwriters have done such an excellent job and each song used in the film portrays each scene perfectly.

It is no secret I loved The Greatest Showman and everything about it. The songs, the acting, the story, the costumes …. for me everything was spot on and concludes to produce an excellent film. We have already seen this twice and I have preordered the DVD. I am planning to go again with Antony over my birthday as he even said it looks good from the trailer and me harping on about it. I haven’t been this excited about a film since the last years Beauty and The Beast which we have the movie poster framed in the living room, which we have ordered the same for The Greatest Showman.

I would love to hear if you also have enjoyed the film? Or are you planning to go and watch soon?




  1. January 11, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I can’t wait to see this! We have a baby-free date night this weekend so I think we’re going to see it! I love any musicals/films with songs in, I’ve resisted listening to the soundtrack as I want to get the full experience with the film!
    Great review, and I appreciate the no spoilers!
    Hels xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 11, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Have a fab date night! Let me know how you find the film. Musicals are great for keeping you into the film. No worries, was trying my hardest not to give anything away but same time say how awesome the film is. Enjoy xx

  2. January 11, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I’ve never heard of this film until now. I just watched the trailer and it looks fantastic! 💖 I really want to go see this at the weekend. The line at the end “no one ever made a difference by being like everyone else” sold it to me 😍. Thanks for sharing your review Stacey, I now know what I’m gonna do on Saturday! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 11, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Aww glad it has inspired you to go and see it, you will love it. We are off again Sunday to see with my best mate who I met through blogging then dragging the hubby for my birthday next week lol! Let me know what you think of it xx

  3. January 11, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    I have only heard rave reviews of this film! Everything that been said about it past been so overwhelmingly positive that I really must get to the cinema soon to watch it for myself! You are absolutely right about the eye candy of Zac Efron – he is a brilliant singer as well so I can’t wait to experience the songs of the movie for myself!

    Abbey x

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      I am totally obsessed with it, even the lyrics in the songs are so meaningful. Indeed Zac is very easy on the eye. Let me know how you find it xx

  4. January 11, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    This is one of my favourite films ever! I’ve already been to see it twice and am hoping to go again some time soon! I can’t stop singing the songs and my fiance even bought me the soundtrack for in his car, he’s not a fan of musicals and even he loves it so you know it’s amazing!

    Jess xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 22, 2018 / 11:39 am

      It is AMAZING! I am up to 4 times now lol. My hubby has been the same, he nabbed my CD from the car xx

  5. January 12, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I haven’t seen this yet – in fact we were supposed to go yesterday but didn’t (obviously haha). I want to see it mostly to see what the fuss is about! I’m trying not to hold any expectations because I’m not sure if it’s my sort of thing. Great review! xxx

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 22, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Let me know your thoughts if you do go, most so far I have spoke to have gone numerous times xx

  6. January 21, 2018 / 10:15 am

    saw it two times in two days and already going again on monday! seirously, the best film i’ve ever seen. a complete escape into the magical and musical – 10/10!

    plus…ZEFRON ♥♥ enough said.

    katie. xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 22, 2018 / 11:40 am

      I have preordered the DVD ready. I am up to 4 times now lol. Totally agree, this is the best movie I have seen in a long time xx

  7. January 28, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I saw the film twice a the cinemas and I have been listening to the soundtrack non stop as well! I’ve been using the songs from the film as the music while I work out because I end up getting in a super hard workout because I just love the songs so much that I workout really really hard! I think This is Me is a brilliant song, but I also really like Come Alive and The Greatest Show 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Stacey Spruels
      January 29, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      It is such a good film, can’t wait for it to come out on DVD xx

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