It is set in the 19th Century.
It has singing.
It has dancing.
It stars Hugh Jackman alongside many other stars such as Zac Efron (handsome to say the least), Zendaya, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson.
Hugh Jackman plays PT. Barnum, a family man who adores his beautiful wife Charity (played by Michelle Williams) and their two imaginative daughters.
He comes across a diverse range of people, with varying abilities and appearances.
Along the way he meets and spreads joy, hope and friendship to unique characters like Lettie Lutz (played by Keala Settle) and Charles Sherwood Stratton (played by Sam Humphrey).
Lettie Lutz is a woman who has a beard, over the years in history and even now there are standards woman are expected to live up to. These standards are particularly focused on women’s’ appearances, and these standards were much harsher in the 19th Century. Even speaking or affiliating yourself with a woman such as Lettie in such a time would be frowned upon in society. Charles Sherwood Stratton is a 22-year-old man who is extremely short. Again, like Lettie, having anything to do with someone who would be considered disabled physically would be frowned upon.
PT. Barnum also includes a trapeze act within his show. W. D. Wheeler and Anne Wheeler are related, they are brother and sister. They are also both African-American. The times in which this film is set in, would mean anyone who was not white would be considered a second-class citizen or be associated with ‘The help’. By allowing them to be part of the show would be representing them as equals in society and showing that having skin of a different colour should not be perceived as negative or different.
However due to the time this film is set in, being unique was being an outcast to society. So not everyone was pleased about the show PT.
Barnum created because people who were unique were hidden away from mainstream society, but PT. Barnum represented them as equal members of society by not only bringing them into the spotlight respectfully but also representing them as equal members of society – no different to anyone else.
Does PT. Barnum successfully become ‘The Greatest Showman’?
Or is the idea of equality too much for the people of the 19th Century?
Do the haters of social progress stand in the way of change?
Ill let you discover that for yourselves
However, one thing I can promise you is that, you will dance in your seat, you will sing along to the songs (I play them in my car!) and you will feel the magic.