“The Greatest Showman” is a quite interesting movie, it is adapted from a true story, describe the founder and performer of the famous circus in 19th century America named “Phineas Taylor Barnum (played by Huge Jackman), his thrive process. But in fact, the movie has a little difference with real life, for example, Barnum actually not that kind, and Phillip Carlyle, played by Zac Efron was not the real person.
This movie mainly by “musical” to present, described that P. T. Barnum recruits those freak who got cast aside at that time and organized into a performance circus. I’m not a huge fan of Wolverine, but Huge Jackman performance in this movie is really remarkable!
Also, worth mentioning is this movie was cooperated with “La La Land” behind the scene’s music team, create a total of ten original songs.
Let’s mention another interesting thing, this movie in Rotten Tomatoes is rating only 56%, but audience satisfaction is 86%. We can see the difference between a professional critic and an audience. Interestingly “professional judge” and “ordinary audience” this concept from movie extend to the real life, let’s talk about this movie!
The People You Hate?
Barnum becomes different after he starts popular, he expected to get a higher identity, so he makes his user group from general mass raise to the upper class. Because of the poor life since he was a kid, so he knows what the rich are like for them, but now he just tries to cater to them.
Sometimes, if you want to beat the people you hate, the only way is always become the people more annoying.
I guess this is the thing you have to face in the road to success, I believe “Everyone Is Good at Something”, that’s also another thing the movie tries to convey. But at the same time, we also need to recognize that there is an unchangeable vision in society, and that’s what we mentioned in “Green Book”, the “discrimination”.
Aristocrats discriminate against ordinary people, ordinary people discriminate against vulnerable people, and vulnerable people discriminate against more vulnerable people.
Even Barnum, who originally played the freak circus, in order to win the identity of the upper class, he must bring more advanced performance. Also, means he makes all the staff who support him, to become another piece that let him go to the road of wealth, and what is the difference between this situation and his father-in-law who originally looked down on him?
We both know this kind of story is inspiring! But how should you face it the true vision of people? I guess this is the problem we all need to face, nobody is prefect in “everyone” eyes, nobody.
You Don’t Need Everyone to Love You
“You Don’t Need Everyone to Love You Phin, Just a few good people.”
－Charity（The Greatest Showman）
I think this sentence teach me how to live, that’s a very small part in this movie, from Barnum’s wife, Charity. A scene that not even 8 second, but just awake some of my friends who always try to please others.
People always to give everything for work or love, even not sorry to lose “your real self”, the purpose just want people like you. This is a tragic fact, sometimes true self maybe not that good, and you need to be “good people” for cater to society.
Think about it, that’s a very sad thing, and that’s why I always emphasize the family and friendship, because the people you do not force contact, will always accept your most natural side.
I actually don’t believe that someone deliberately made himself very annoying, but if you often heard about it, maybe you need to re-review yourself! Because I also don’t think “be yourself” is a good thing, It’s like a cocky bastard.
Indeed, you don’t need everyone to love you, some people born to be unsuitable to you, but also remember we have to balance between “our self” and “look of others”. And remember if you want a deep feeling with others, please be yourself!
Courtesy is not equal to hypocrisy, being arrogant doesn’t mean being yourself.
The Value of Art
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”
－P. T. BARNUM（The Greatest Showman）
Maybe P. T. Barnum is not good people in real life, but this sentence is still classic.
It makes me think of the Mr. Bean give me a lot of fun when I was a kid but must admit nowadays people seem that some disagree that funny is an art. Seem that some people advocating the form of art, but forgot original intention of art is the creativity that unrestricted.
“Art” these words are very short but has multiple interpretations, some people think it must be given beauty and deep emotions so that’s called art. Another person thinks “art” not limited to thought, any creation with meaning and technology can be called art.
But after I contact long with these three letter “art” I start to think: “Is it necessary that most people do not understand so that called art?”, or it just another self-considered thoughts of people? To show his own unique vision?
In fact, if you are thinking from the perspective of today, P. T. Barnum is a person using the stripping weakened ethnic groups to gain fame and fortune. But simply with the angle of this movie, it just becomes an artistic expression with joy as the main axis.
What do you think?
This is a psychological phenomenon, describe people will give a highly accurate evaluation of some personality descriptions that are considered tailor-made for you, this can be widely applied to psychological tests, divination, even in the pursuit of things.
And P. T. Barnum’s circus is the origin of this effect.
Actually, “The Greatest Showman” also brings to another problem, and that is when you care about a star, what he does will become part of the traits of others.
If use P. T. Barnum as an example, for those of the people who hate him or these strange performers, he stripped the weak ethnic group has become a tool they used to reprimand. And for those of the people who like it, then it becomes nothing but a simple entertainment or the idea of giving fame to disadvantaged groups.
It is the same when you apply to the singer or actor nowadays, people always can find an excuse to identify a person (a thing). That’s why the current entertainment industry always needs a hype, no matter is positive or negative news is a kind of publicity because the masses always can find a reason to unconditional support and opposition.
As for what is the truth? no one cares about it since the 19th century, then if you are the boss of an entertainment company, would you care?
If you ask my opinion, then go back to watch this article again!
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