Film Review: The Greatest Showman

Aerial Hoop and Aerial Lyra by @a_novel_way

So my first review isn’t about a novel, a poem or even an article, it is in fact a review of a movie. And I have good reason for this.

Two years ago I fell in love with aerial hoop (also known as lyra) and aerial silk (also known as tissu) after seeing Cirque du Solei perform Amaluna. Since then I have been practicing for a minimum of three hours a week, sometimes up to 12 hours a week, and that’s not including the additional pilates I do to help my flexability and core strength. Surfice to say I am thoroughly addicted to aerial flying.

Aerial hoop as seen in Cirque du Soleil...I like to think anyway!
@a_novel_way. Practicing aerial hoop in my first year. This move is called a mermaid, although its also known by other names.

So when I saw the trailer to The Greatest Showman, I paused, rewound, and watched the brief glimpses of aerial acrobatics.

The trailer itself is exactly as the film is. A fantastic combination of cinematography, aerial and musicality. The aerial stunts aren’t Cirque du Solei complicated, but there isn’t really time of necessity for them to be. The story goes skims over the life of P.T Barnum, and paints him in an interesting light- you can’t help be question the morality and decisions behind making entertainment from people who are different. But if you leave those elements aside, and enjoy the movie for a fantastical foray into the world of entertainment and the circus.

The Musicality

The music saves this movie, not that it needs saving, but I think without the incredible soundtrack to allow for history to be quickly glanced over, the scenes would be oddly hollow and seem to ignore human experience. The soundtrack is a masterpiece to me, written by the composers from La La Land, Benf Pasek and Justin Paul.

I’d love to know what you thought of the music? Was it the right balance of musical and pop, or do you have differing opinions?

Cinematography

I will be the first to admit I know very little about camera angles, lighting or effects, but as a viewer I know what I like. And I liked it.

I’ll leave it at that.

Aerial

My poor mother. Every other second, when the aerialists were on screen I would poke her and whisper the name of the move, or insist I couldn’t do it.

I found this article, about Zendaya’s experience training for aerial, and I am so pleased to see how much emphasis there is on aerial as a full-body workout. I am constantly pulling my friends towards my aerial classes, and its fabulous to see a variety of different aerial equipment being made to look so beautiful within this movie. Whilst I’m not sure I would have gone to see the movie if I didn’t have a personal connection to the aerial, I can certainly say I would have enjoyed this movie all the same.

I give this movie 3.5/5 for creating a fun and beautifully shot movie.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” The Greatest Showman.

 

The challenge. 60 books. 1 year. 1 blog post per book. 1 review per book. Click here to see my Goodreads profile.

Previously read: Torn (A Wicked Trilogy no.2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Currently reading: Brave (A Wicked Trilogy no.3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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