The Greatest Showman

‘The Greatest Showman’

“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.”

First of all I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to watching this movie. It’s probably the best thing I have watched in a very long time.

I’ve known the songs for a while as the soundtrack has been at the top of the UK charts for weeks. After watching it in the cinema I think I am now well and truly obsessed. It’s such a great feel good, all singing all dancing musical extravaganza that everyone needs to watch!

The cast is awesome, the songs are amazing – it’s simply AWESOME!

Watch in the cinema now or get the DVD or download on iTunes.

THE SONGS

Every song is brilliant – there’s absolutely no disputing that. It’s so hard to pick a favourite, I like them all for different reasons.

Like I say, I have become so obsessed that I’ve been seeking out every video related to the movie that I can find.

The Live Performance

The Flash Mob

Behind The Scenes

The Sing-a-longs

I have also been searching Spotify for remixes and good cover versions to make this fabulous playlist!

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Sunshine On Leith

‘Sunshine On Leith’

“Davy and Ally have to relearn how to live in Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan.

I was really looking forward to watching this movie and to say that it did not disappoint is a massive understatement.

This is one of the best movies I have watched in a very long time.

Some might call it a “jukebox musical” as it is based on the stage show of the same name, which I have also been to see. The reason it’s called a jukebox musical is because the story is written around existing songs from an established musical artist, in this case The Proclaimers. If that still doesn’t explain it clearly then think Mamma Mia – a musical and subsequent film written to the back catalogue of songs by Abba.

That is where the similarity with Mamma Mia ends. Mamma Mia works well as a stage show because it’s all about the live action and the atmosphere but I don’t think it translated into film all that well. The story was just not strong enough, in my opinion.

The Proclaimers are twins from Scotland who have had a long and successful career, in Scotland certainly but I’m not exactly sure how internationally well known they are. Their appeal definitely isn’t their looks because it’s a sad situation when you can get that ugly – twice. Their songs are very Scottish and when they sing their accents are very strong which, to me, is why I enjoy their music so much. Therefore, it follows that the movie is also very, very Scottish.

Set in Edinburgh, the plot of Sunshine On Leith revolves around three couples and their relationships – both with each other and also with the other couples.

All good musicals tend to start with a punchy opening number. This is no different but it’s punchy for a different reason and you really have to wait until the second song before you get the warm musical feeling…

Happy and sad. Funny and serious. This really is a “birly” of a movie that I never wanted to end and I watched it again as soon as the credits started rolling.

I’ve not watched a new movie in such a long time that’s made me feel so good by the end of it. Firstly, in a general feel good kind of way but secondly, for being Scottish!

Watch it now on Amazon Video.

THE SONGS

The theme song is of course ‘Sunshine On Leith’.

One of my favourite songs featured is the cast’s version of ‘500 miles’.

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