Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #85 – “The Other Side,” from The Greatest Showman


85. “The Other Side,” from The Greatest Showman

This is a fantastic idea for a song — Jackman (as Barnum) is trying to get financial backing for his show, so he’s appealing to Zac Efron, a man born into wealth who doesn’t like upper crust society. So he’s telling him, “Come on, piss off your parents, buy into the circus. They’ll hate it.” So the whole thing becomes a give and a take, where Jackman’s trying to convince him, while Efron is basically negotiating his end. And then of course, the song becomes a literal negotiation by the end, which is also pretty terrific. It’s the perfect song in a way, because it furthers the plot and is just a good song. This is the stuff musicals are made of.

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