Today, The Greatest Showman is released for digital download, after spending months with theaters full of avid fans.
It comes out on DVD/Blu-RAY in another few weeks.
Personally, I have seen The Greatest Showman six times in the theater. SIX TIMES! I have never seen a movie even half that many times in the theater. I don’t even go to the movies that often. In fact, it’s an odd year for me to go to more than two in a single year.
But this was so worth it.
I kept finding new people who hadn’t seen it, and I’d take them so I could fall in love with the movie all over again. One time, I took my 19yo daughter back (for the third time) just because she’d missed the opening scene on her second time. And you CAN’T miss the opening scene.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take the rest of the kids–again–because we’d listened to the soundtrack so many times. We went on a Saturday morning, 11am, almost three months after the release of the movie. So I didn’t think we needed to arrive early to get tickets.
We nearly lost out. We got the last four tickets. We couldn’t even sit together. The person in line after us was out of luck.
Three months after the movie’s release.
On a Saturday morning.
And when the movie finished, the audience clapped.
How many Oscars did this successful, magical, popular film win?
A big fat ZERO.
Which proves what we all know: that Hollywood is clueless.
But the author/composer in me can’t stop analyzing why this movie is such a success. So here are some of the reasons I think it’s a smash hit.
(While pictures are great, they just don’t do this movie justice, so I’ve added some awesome Greatest Showman GIFs.)
Why The Greatest Showman is the greatest show:
It’s absolutely phenomenal. It moves you–quite literally if you’re prone to dancing. It gets your heart pumping, and makes you smile.
Following your dreams can lead to big, wonderful things. Outcasts can and should be loved. They can find their place and no longer be seen as odd, but amazing. Even P.T. Barnum isn’t labeled as an outcast in the movie, but technically he started out as one.
Yes, I’m mentioning the music again. It’s that good.
The performances. The choreography. The integration of the music with the scenes (the hammering, the horses step to the music). I bought the soundtrack before I’d left the theater parking lot the first time. (The “Reach for the Stars” and “The Other Side” scenes are my personal favs.)
Listen to the soundtrack here:
The Family Friendliness
I think the biggest part of its success is how family friendly this movie is. It’s PG, and not even a fake PG. It’s actually PG.
Critics can’t figure out how this movie has spread by word of mouth. Honestly, I only saw it in January after several of my friends kept posting about it on Facebook. Otherwise I wouldn’t have gone. As I mentioned before, I’m not a huge movie theater person. Now, I can’t get enough people to go see it. Young. Old. It’s for everyone.
Not only is there no sex, as well as minimal swearing and violence, but families are seen in a positive light. Shocking, right? A dad trying to support his family. A mom trying to support him. Cute kids who contribute to his magical ideas. Struggles, both financial and emotional. While I don’t know a single family involved in a circus, this movie has related to millions of people across the globe.
And it has two very sweet romances. :)
My 10yo son who hates watching movies (especially movies I like) has fallen in love with this movie as much as I have. He was furious this week when I took his grandparents without him (during school). They loved it, too.
This is another huge part, I think, of its success. There wasn’t a single bit of politics in the whole thing. No social statements. No agendas. Nothing about destroying the environment or gun violence or crooked politicians. We’re all sick to death of news and politics–or at least I am. Two straight years of ugliness, and this was a desperately-needed breath of fresh air!
A happy ending for everyone. Hallelujah! (I’m looking at you La-La Land.)
This world can use A LOT more happy.
That’s what it boils down to. The combination of everything makes the story, music, and movie as magical as the circus.
So . . .
If you haven’t seen it, GO SEE IT!
Get the soundtrack.
And fall in love.
What do you think of The Greatest Showman? If you love it, why? And how many times have you seen it?