The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

reviewed by bookwolf1,2,3&4

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Review by Bookwolf1

The greatest show! This is a great movie about the people who were a part of P.T. Barnum’s circus. From the actors, who fit the story well, to the story – based on the life of P.T Barnum. While the movie varies from the true life story, it is a musical and poetic licence seems the vindicate the changes. For the most part this works, although the suggestion of a romance between P.T. and Jenny Lind does not really add to the movie in my opinion. The soundtrack is, to me, what lifts the movie into the great category. It fills the movie with the singing and dancing to give it the edge of fun.

Review by Bookwolf2

The Greatest Showman is an entertaining but historically inaccurate tale.  A well performed musical that uses the ‘based on a true story’ to create ticket sales portraying more fiction than fact about the interesting and diverse life of PT Barnum.  It could be said that this is poetic justice – as PT Barnum didn’t mind misrepresenting truth if it got him the sale.  While it is true that his money was used to help many who would otherwise fall victim to abuse and destitution the film and life of PT could spark debate on truth and integrity.

The movie demonstrates the inherent human need to belong, the benefits of loyalty and the potentially devastating consequences of betrayal.  Is is also made clear we should appreciate what we have, to be content. A life of constant striving never brings peace, and PT had to conquer the fear of never being enough – his family had all they wanted in him.

Overall an entertaining and well-made movie, recommended.

Review by Bookwolf3

I really liked this movie. It has a very fun soundtrack. It is not completely accurate so if you want to learn about P.T. Barnum’s life a book or article would be more informative.

Review by Bookwolf4

No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.

– P.T. Barnum

The Greatest Showman is a spectacular movie loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum. It has a cool soundtrack and a good message about loving and accepting people who are different to us.






Content Rating


Sexual Content


  • A man tells Barnum he has tattoos on his entire body, to which Barnum replies “I don’t need to see.”
  • The bearded lady wears some very low-cut dresses.
  • There are a few skimpy dance costumes, and Anne wears only a leotard when performing.
  • Some kissing between Barnum and Charity.
  • Jenny Lind tells Barnum she was born out of wedlock, and the shame this brought upon her family.
  • Barnum goes on tour with Jenny. She tries to make advances on him, but he is not comfortable with this. She kisses him unexpectedly on stage, and this starts a newspaper scandal.
  • Anne and Philip kiss a couple of times.

Violence & Gore

Very Mild

  • Young Barnum is hit by Charity’s father.
  • The circus performers are involved in a couple of brawls with people protesting them being there.
  • Philip is injured in a fire.

Profanity & Insults


  • Damn is said 3 times in the song ‘The Other Side’.
  • A character is called a prig and a snob.
  • The circus performers are called oddities, among other names.
  • ‘Oh god’ is said twice.
  • Philip’s parents ask him why he is parading around with ‘the help’ (meaning Anne).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Very Mild

  • Characters often have a drink with friends.
  • Exorbitant amounts of alcohol consumed in the song ‘The Other Side’, mainly played for laughs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

Very Mild

  • A group of men set fire to the circus. Philip goes in to rescue Anne, not realising she wasn’t in the building. When Philip doesn’t come out, Barnum goes in to get him. The building collapses, and both are thought to have been killed, but then Barnum staggers out carrying Philip who is unconscious from smoke inhalation.

Spiritual Content

None, but the movie is about accepting people the way they are. The movie upholds Christian values such as the value of family, and being content with what you have.


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