On the 26th of December, a new film directed by Michael Gracey was released in the UK. The film, titled ‘The Greatest Showman’, presents the incredible life of P.T Barnum, the man who invented show business!

The film has an all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman (P.T Barnum), Zac Efron (Philip Carlyle), Michelle Williams (Charity Barnum), Rebecca Ferguson (Jenny Lind), and Zendaya (Anne Wheeler). The film gives us an insight into the lives of P.T Barnum and his family, as well as the lives of the performers.

P.T Barnum goes in search of performers with unique qualities who are willing to be part of his show. Throughout the film, we meet many different characters, including Lettie (the bearded lady), the Irish giant and Tom thumb. This film is not only about the struggles and challenges of Barnum’s success, but it is also laced with hints of a love story. Philip Carlyle (played by Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (played by Zendaya) fall in love despite the social challenges they face.

The songs are what bring the film together. Huge numbers such as ‘This is Me’ – Keala Settle, ‘Come Alive’ – Hugh Jackman, and ‘From Now On’ – Hugh Jackman and Ensemble, are what give the film its upbeat qualities.

The film has already been nominated for 3 golden globes, and has also won the award for truly moving picture.

It’s a show that combines all the atmosphere and joy of a west end musical with the fun and lively qualities of a modern film. It is upbeat and anyone who has seen the film would agree that it leaves you wishing you were part of the circus.

This film is great for people of all ages who want all the fun of the circus, and the atmosphere of a west end show, all in their local cinema.

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a film that makes you want to see it again and again, I can promise this, because I’ve been to see it 3 times since it came out!

The key part of this film isn’t the all-star cast, or the incredible characters, or the huge musical numbers, but the message that is embedded deep within all the fun. It’s all about believing in yourself no matter what. Everyone is individual and unique, and this film really celebrates the idea of being you, without caring what other people think.

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

Charlotte Henley-Castleden – Farringtons School