Falling In Love Feels Like This Moment in "The Greatest Showman"

Show-Score | By Mark Blankenship | Jun 30, 2017

High Flying, Adored

Zac Efron and Zendaya in "The Greatest Showman" Zac Efron and Zendaya in "The Greatest Showman"

If we're lucky, falling in love will feel just like this:

This is the moment in the trailer for "The Greatest Showman" when Zac Efron's character clearly falls in love with the trapeze artist played by Zendaya.

And it makes sense that there's a trapeze artist, because "The Greatest Showman" is a movie musical about how P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) created his legendary circus. Obviously, there's going to be a trapeze.

But at the same time, it's also the perfect metaphor for falling in love. Because when you seen that person -- that heart-stopping person -- it can feel like they're flying toward you. It can feel like they're hovering off the ground, like a magical creature. It can feel like their face is moving toward you in slow motion. 

Zendaya is doing all these things in this part of the trailer, and I am swooning. I'm also really glad this is a scene in a musical, since it takes a musical to get at feelings this big. Think about Francesca and Robert singing "One Second and a Million Miles" to each other in "The Bridges of Madison County". Think about the woman in "Song and Dance" who's so bowled over by her feelings that she has to sing "An Unexpected Song." It seems like "The Greatest Showman" is going to be part of that romantic tradition, and I am ready for love!

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And here are my other favorite moments from the trailer: