This is the greatest show
The beginning of "The Greatest Showman" jumps off the screen, straight at you with a singalong number that I haven't been able to get out my head since I saw the movie – now more than a month ago:
Don't fight it, it's coming for you, running at ya
It's only this moment, don't care what comes after
Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer
Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open
It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall it's holding I'll let you now
So tell me do you wanna go?
-"The Greatest Show," by Ryan Lewis, Justin Paul, Benj Pasek
I see very few movies in the theater. I wish we saw more, but sports, events, work, life and other stuff just take precedence. But this was one movie I couldn't resist. Why? Mainly because my parents couldn't stop talking about it. For days and days after they saw "The Greatest Showman," it was constant. "We loved it." "You have to see it." "Take the kids or just you and Stephanie go … we'll babysit." OK, OK, I'll go. I'll go!
So, about a month ago, I found a time slot that worked and took my 6-year-old daughter, Pierce, to the Marcus North Shore Cinema to see "The Greatest Showman." I didn't read any reviews, didn't check Rotten Tomatoes (don't click on the link, this is a test) and knew nothing about the story line, other than it was a loose interpretation of the life of P.T. Barnum.
My verdict? At a quick 105 minutes, "The Greatest Showman" is easily the most entertaining movie I've seen in years. Now, again, I see very few movies mainly because I need and almost require that if I'm going go make the effort to drive to the theater that a movie must immerse, help shut my brain off and take me into its story. Tough to do, I know … but "The Greatest Showman" does just that: It entertains at a very high level.
I don't care if the story isn't a true biographical presentation of Barnum's life, but I do care that, taken on its surface, the movie seeks to entertain and inspire. And, that it does.
When I could, I glanced over to my daughter and found complete awe on her face, as well. She was smiling, seemingly singing along to songs that we were just hearing for the first time and even finding a few life lessons in the story. Thrilling and fun, for her, too.
So, I say to you today, ask no questions, read no reviews … just go to see "The Greatest Showman."
It's a wonderful escape that will lighten your mood, put several songs in your heart and keep you singing and even dancing for days on end.
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