Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Greatest Showman


Yesterday, I went to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman.
It was something I'd been thinking about going to see over the Christmas holidays but didn't as I wasn't sure about it from the trailers and figured I could save myself some money and just watch it when it comes out on DVD.
It was a good plan.
Until I saw this video on Youtube.


Suddenly the plan wasn't looking good anymore.

Then I saw this one... And the plan was dead.


So much passion and joy... I had to see the movie.
I couldn't WAIT to see this movie.
So I did.

I convinced my kiddo that it'd be awesome - as I couldn't convince his dad - and off we went.
It was a gamble that could have backfired but luckily it didn't.
The Greatest Showman was frickin' awesome.

For me, it was a story about life, love, and acceptance.
A story about finding your tribe.
It's a story that will resonate with everyone, and for different reasons, I'm sure. 

It was visually beautiful - and no I'm not talking about the gorgeous cast - and the soundtrack was superb. 
I left the cinema feeling lighter and I can't stop humming the songs to myself.

More important than anything, for me, was that my almost 7-year old thought it was 'really good' but couldn't understand why people in the movie where being mean to the 'circus people'. 
I could've cried. 
Children have an amazing capacity to accept differences that I wish didn't become corrupted by the prejudices of others. 

My little dude is a bit of a nut and has had his own share of issues fitting in since beginning school. 
The entirety of Reception year was hell.
He struggled so much.
 Desperately wanting to have friends but unable to make himself fit in.
I could've encouraged him 'to be normal', to try and change him, but I never did. 
No one, especially not a four/five year old child, should have to pretend to be something they are not for acceptance.
Instead, I encouraged him to continue marching to the beat of his own drum and never compromise who he is for anybody or anything.
It took time but he found his tribe.
This movie reinforced everything I've always taught him about being himself and holding his head up.
About shouting, "This is Me" when people try and make you feel bad, feel ashamed, for simply being yourself.

I'm glad this movie was made. 
I hope its message of tolerance and acceptance resonates as we so need a little bit more of both in the world as it is currently.

I highly recommend it to everyone!
It's a movie that makes you feel happy.
Everybody needs some extra happiness in their lives.



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6 comments:

  1. I really want to watch this movie now! I love Hugh Jackman's voice (Les Mis was awesome), but I wasn't expecting such a compelling story The Greatest Showman. Those YouTube videos had me smiling like crazy.

    GO YOU. I'm so happy that you allowed your child to be himself despite the difficulties he faced. My son also marches to the beat of his own drum, and I wonder how that will affect him once he starts school. I don't want him to change, I absolutely love the way that he is, and I want him to continue loving himself, too. I never want him to think that there is something wrong with how he chooses to be.

    Wonderful post!

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    1. It really was fantastic L! The soundtrack is addictive.

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  2. Hugh jackman is so talented, he's good at so many things.
    #LuckyIsReading

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  3. We loved the movie too! The soundtrack is great to sing along to! #LuckyIsReading

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