“THIS IS ME” FROM “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN”
Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Performed By Keala Settle



Director: Michael Gracey
Producer: Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, and Jenno Topping
Writers: Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon
Editors: Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker, Jon Poll, and Spencer Susser
Composers: John Debney and Joseph Trapanese
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Run-time: 105 minutes


FILM SYNOPSIS: In the mid-1800s, P.T. Barnum is struggling to provide for his family when he strikes on an idea to offer unusual entertainment in a new type of venue. Barnum assembles a cast of athletic performers and “freaks” shunned by society, but his ascension to stardom is marred by protests and a possible threat to his marriage.


Musicals can be tough gig in this day and age, but if “La La Land” proved anything last year, it’s that musicals are definitely not dead. You make the right musical and people will come out in droves and with it almost winning the Best Picture category last year and it still winning six Academy Awards, musicals even still have a place in awards. The fact that it took Hugh Jackman so long to get “The Greatest Showman” made shows that even Hollywood wasn’t sure about musicals. But “La La Land” likely opened the way for “The Greatest Showman” to finally see the light of day and I think we’re all better for it, as it is an exceptional film. Jackman plays the title character, P.T. Barnum as he puts together his first circus full of “freaks” like the bearded lady and acrobats. But the music is the make or break of the film and it definitely makes it.

Fresh off their win for the main song in “La La Land,” songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek are back with one of the main themes from “The Greatest Showman.” Having already won the Golden Globe in the same category, I would say that despite competition from probably just the song in “Coco,” they have a pretty good shot of winning the Oscar. The song, in context of the movie, is very powerful. After accepting them with all their flaws, Jackman’s Barnum begins to search for widespread admiration, as many of the high-end class find his circus “revolting.” In an attempt to reach a more mainstream audience, Barnum brings a famous English singer to America and sets up singing dates for her, basically becoming her manager. But in doing so, he figuratively and then literally shuts the door on the freaks. Upon stopping them from entering an after party where many well-to-do guests are attending, the group of “freaks” set off with their anthem of being who they are and not letting anyone put them down anymore.

It’s a well written song and is performed even better by the actress playing the bearded lady, Keala Settle. The reason the song works so well is that it can relate to any group of disenfranchised, not just circus “freaks”. Zendaya, who also stars in the film and performs the song as part of the ensemble is using the song as an anthem for her interracial relationship not working out with Zac Efron, as she stares him down while singing it. The song is also so catchy, it works outside of the film completely. Anyone could hear that song and not have to associate it with the film. But even so, it encapsulates the biggest theme of the film.  Here are the lyrics:

I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become (yeah, that’s what we’ve become)
I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
This is me
And I know that I deserve your love
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) ’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh)
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I’m gonna send a flood
Gonna drown them out
Oh
This is me

PREVIOUS NOMINATIONS

BENJ PASEK
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY SONG
2016 (89th) “La La Land” Won Best Original Song “City Of Stars”
Nominated Best Original Song “Audition”
JUSTIN PAUL
YEAR FILM AWARD CATEGORY SONG
2016 (89th) “La La Land” Won Best Original Song “City Of Stars”
Nominated Best Original Song “Audition”



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VIEWED: Thursday,
February 22nd, 2018

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