Since when do people care that movie musicals are anachronistic. I kinda of understand the frustration when something's about the music industry (see Dreamgirls, The). However, there is ZERO wrong with having an anachronistic score to a stage musical. A stage musical is, already, an anachronistic production style and is filled with bombast and soaring music.
Nothing in The Greatest Showman betrays that and I find those who use anachronism to attack the film are probably looking for any reason they can to attack it.
Also, has anyone actually read up on P.T. Barnum? Sure, he was an exploiter, but that was his time. He was, anti-slavery BEFORE the Civil War, left the Democrat party over it. He may have seemed a racist individual compared to modern mores, but in 1840s terms, he was incredibly liberal. His political career, other than the prohibition-style rhetoric, was largely one fighting for the common man, not simply exploiting it. He was also a debunker, disproving myths. He sure made money off it, but would we have expected anything different in the 1840s?
Yes, the film took some liberties with his life, took decades of his career and compressed them into the span of a single film, but as strange as it may sound, they touched on several important elements of his life and career. They embellished here and there, but it wasn't too far off the truth.
I don't think he should be hoisted up on some pedestal for being a fine example of a human being, but I also think people are going overboard on using "historical inaccuracy" or the glossing over of his darker elements to attack the film.
Yes, I enjoyed myself. Loved the music. Yes, the film had some major connective tissue issues, and some weirdly ignored plot devices collapses at inopportune points. However, I refuse to say it was a bad movie. It would make a great Broadway success when it does eventually transfer. And I thin Pasek and Paul are far more deserving of recognition for this musical than they are for La La Land, the music to which was bland, weakly sung, and not particularly memorable. These songs are toe-tapping, rousing musical productions that would be at home on the stage and I suspect that their uplifting themes are the reason audiences love the film. I didn't applaud at the end as the film definitely has serious problems, but they aren't as major as some claim and even seeing it weeks after release, the audience still applauded at the end.
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." - Benjamin Franklin