“No one ever made a difference, by being like everyone else”
2009 — Where were you?
Slumdog Millionaire was best picture at the Oscars
The last live action musical was 23 years ago called “Newsies”
Reason I’m asking you that, it’s the year pre production started on the movie. Listening to Hugh Jackman and Michael Gracey in interviews, talking about Hugh’s passion of making this movie, his research and trying to convince people to take a chance.
Michael Gracey, (with his trademark beanie) who gave 8 years of his life to this project, whose vision was stunning. He turned down a lot of other projects during that time, a few that went on and got made. Michael had been Hugh’s director on a commercial when they originally met. Michael’s vision, his attention to detail, was beyond anything in my book. Every part of the movie mattered, not just the sets but all the little things, details that made each scene, or song that much better.
Michael even worked with Benj Pasek and Jason Paul to create the most amazing sound track. (reading the comments, the kids under 10 are asking for the sound track to be played over and over.) Hugh said its a good song if you wake up the next morning and the song is till in your head. The boys started writing for the project in 2013 (Argo was the best picture from the Oscars) The boys went on to write “Dear Even Hanson” in 2016 (which you need to listen to, it will change you), they won the Oscar for “La La Land” also in 2016
Keala was on Broadway and picking up the workshops as extra money, in 2015 Keala had a minor role in the Meryl Streep movie “Ricki and the Flash”
Why did I tell you all of that?
I wanted to show you a bit of why it took so long to get to us, the public. For some reason the suits of the studio’s where not sure that they wanted to take a chance on this. The movie was slow getting started, the reviewers didn’t know anything. The movie started catching on turning out it was a place we could go to shut out the outside world for a couple of hours. Word of mouth is great advertising. I don’t know about anyone else but I walked out happy, finding some confidence to take on my part of the world.
I think we just need some positive in the world today. At times the world can be so overwhelming, hard to figure out whats gong on. Those of us who hide from the world, at times are more alike than we understand. This movie gives us a family of sorts.
Head to the theatres if you have not seen the movie. Hubby and I are going again. Hugh tweeted again that if there is enough interest they will send out the sing a long version again. Call your local theatres, show them that you want to have the experience of the sing a long. (they are so much fun. I went, hubby got upset with me for not getting him a ticket but I will get him one when it’s out again)
Maybe this was the right time Greatest Showman was supposed to be made?