Well it didn’t take long but I’ve got to amend my Top Ten Movies of 2017 list. My wife and I took in The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and an amazing, talented cast this last weekend and I came away extremely happy.
Musicals were not my thing growing up. I was never a fan of Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, or The Sound of Music. After thinking about why that is, I came to a somewhat simple conclusion: I didn’t like show tunes. My tastes in music were never great as a kid. Like most kids, you listen to what your parents like because they have control of the stereo and tape deck (yep, antiquated) in the car. I have memories of country music, Amy Grant, and Paula Abdul. Straight up.
It wasn’t until I got older that I started exploring music and finding what I liked. I’ve got some truly cringe-worthy periods of music in my younger years (I’ll still argue that Creed’s first album is a great post-grunge alternative album to this day). But, I digress. Back to musicals.
Every once in a while, I did run into some musicals that I liked and could tolerate thanks to my sister. Newsies being one of them. Nowadays it’s a bit different. I watch Grease and don’t hate it. I watched the most recent Les Miserables and I didn’t hate it. I’m intrigued by other musicals like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Then there’s films like La La Land, Sing Street, and Begin Again. I’m drawn to music and when it’s combined with film, I am like a moth to the flame.
So, The Greatest Showman was amazing and captivating. I found myself smiling throughout the entire film and appreciating the production, acting, singing, and choreography throughout. Man, do those songs stay in your head days after too! I kept hearing the positive reviews and became more and more interested in seeing it. So glad we went (we almost didn’t due to an already busy weekend). Like I said, this has entered my Top Ten Films of 2017 and means something has to come off the list. At this point, I don’t know which movie is being bumped but it’s got to be done. Err… Sorry, Gifted… You’re being moved to the Runner-ups.
Call to Action: Other than saying you should go to see The Greatest Showman, I’m curious which musicals people enjoy. Film or stage doesn’t matter.