Circus Icon’s Story Celebrates Diversity

Mia Jay, Staff Writer

The Greatest Showman, based on P.T. Barnum’s circus, known as “the greatest show on Earth”, is a story of triumph against all odds.

Beginning with a depiction of Barnum’s boyhood –an impoverished, tailor’s son– the movie follows his ascent to stardom as the leader of the world’s most famous circus. Determined to make a name for himself and a life for his family, Barnum collects misfits and outsiders across the country to create a show that featured their oddities.

The movie includes a soundtrack that successfully conveys the drama, romance, and suspense of Barnum’s unique life.

The film is a celebration of diversity and preaches acceptance.

Featuring Hollywood icons like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson in the roles of dynamic characters with problems that still resonate today, the movie takes its audience on a broad emotional journey.

With the support of his wife, two daughters, and his entire circus, Barnum rises to the top. While he may be controversial, Barnum is also great, and it is his positive influence and perseverance that the movie captures.

The Greatest Showman is a reminder that opportunity is limited only by the will and imagination of the individual.