This is a film that I have been super excited to watch and see since I knew that it existed. From watching the trailer I thought that it was a film about a man who becomes redundant and then comes up with the idea to create the first ever circus… which is what happens but there are far more roots to this film than I expected. I spent the first weeks of the soundtrack being released avoiding it with all my might but it has been EVERYWHERE! I mean in shopping centres, the radio, YouTube, ‘My Mix’ on YouTube… EVERYWHERE!
However, when I say that I have been trying to avoid it, I mean that it made me really uncomfortable and actually scared that I would listen to it before I saw the film… I guess that this was because I didn’t want to listen to it without context. I spoke to my Mum about it and she said that I can still love the soundtrack even if I didn’t watch the film then as the songs speak for themselves and have their own emotion. So, I actually bought the soundtrack about two months ago and I haven’t really stopped listening to it! I LOVE IT, and now, after watching the film, and going by the soundtrack, the film truly wasn’t what I was expecting… I thought that it would be completely different and I am really glad that it was different as it meant that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen which, after watching sooo many films, I have found it quite easy to do so.
Now onto actually talking about the film, I love the introduction where they use, I believe they are called ‘slates’, to title and show who made the film, it is such a small thing, but I feel that it set me up for the time period that the film was set. I knew that the film was set in the past, that was obvious as I say from the intro, and the you can tell almost straightaway, however, I didn’t realise that it was set in the 1800’s, this makes this film even more inspirational as the characters back then would have had so much more against them then they would now. The other thing that told me the time frame was that P.T. Barnum got a loan from the bank of $10,000 to set up his museum, meaning buying a building and everything in it with that money… how the heck did that amount of money go from being so much then, so little now (!) HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN!
This film is a movie musical, and the music and choreography are amazing! I find the songs ‘This Is Me’ and ‘From Now On’ especially emotive and they have actually brought me to tears and made me feel sooo empowered! I really think that both of these songs can speak to anyone and everyone in some form or another and that is why I feel that they are so fantastic! As I mentioned, the choreography is extraordinary, I particularly love the dance moves to ‘Rewrite The Stars’ and ‘The Other Side’ they are intricate and well practised, uh, just amazing! Another thing that I love is in the song ‘Come Alive’ when the ‘oddities’ are performing for the first time, it is the children who look at them with such amazement that pushes them into actually going through with the performance, again, it is such a small detail but the little things, are to me, what makes or breaks a film.
The sets for this film are amazing, and really well done, and I think that that and the editing really bring the film together and keep it on track. The costumes for this film are also amazing, and I think that they are beautiful and perfect for every character. The costumes also tell you a lot about the character i.e. P.T. came from the bottom to the top, and the costumes followed that and when he then hit rock bottom, he was wearing a costume to the same effect as when he was a child, homeless and penniless, very clever!
Everyone who acts in this film performs excellently. I particularly love the character of Charity and her positiveness that she has throughout the film. I can see how P.T. and she came together and I truly believe that they are two sides of the same coin and belong together.
I believe this film to be a true inspiration, so much so that I am actually going to keep it in my T.A.R.D.I.S. where all the films that make me feel better and empowered go. The fact that P.T. comes from nothing to create everything for his family and himself is amazing and something that I aspire to do. I also love the frenemy relationship between the reporter and P.T., again it is something that I find incredibly interesting.
This film is incredibly fast paced and only one-hundred minutes long, which I found interesting as the majority of films that are coming out at the moment are two hours long. On this occasion however, I would have actually loved the film to be two hours long as I found that it pained me to see the film end, not because it had a sad ending, I just didn’t want it to end.
Everyone involved in this film should feel very proud of it… not only because the film is fantastic, but also as it took seven years in the making and is a huge success! To end this post, I want to say how much I love the end ‘slate’ of the film where it says a quote from P.T. Barnum ‘The noblest art is that of making others happy.’ What an amazing quote, this is now going to be something that I live my life by and I love that I have found this quote, which I will never forget.
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Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…