The hit-musical directed by Michael Gracey continues to earn accolades.
The film stars Hugh Jackman and centres on P.T. Barnum and the birth of show business. Although critics weren’t as taken with the film, general audiences have been absolutely spellbound by it. The Greatest Showman turned out to be a box-office sensation, and many who saw it went back again and again. Recognising the film’s potential to attract repeat audiences, sing-along screenings emerged and aided the musical in its financial success. Such screenings continue to this day.
The film is yet to fade from the sphere of popular culture, and continues to be discussed and praised, despite receiving its initial reception some time ago now. One of the reasons for its continued exposure is the soundtrack. Most loved the film for its assortment of inspirational, grand and catchy show-tunes. These original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have taken on a life of their own, particularly the films defining anthem: “This Is Me”.
Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle attend the premier event for 'The Greatest Showman' at Kabukicho Cinecity Park on February 13, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.
The positive message of acceptance and empowerment present in the song struck a chord with many, and its radio-play turned the film into an imperative must-see event. It has helped contribute to yet another significant achievement for the OST. The Greatest Showman soundtrack has now spent more time comfortably positioned at the top of the UK charts than any other album of the current century. This really is a great feat.
It has managed to overtake Adele’s 21, which spent twenty-three weeks atop the charts. Now, the singer’s record has been dethroned by a collection of songs we are likely to hear for yours to come, whether we like it or not.
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