• Katherine J. Espin

HAMILTON! Movie Review

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

The famous Broadway Musical was made available to all Disney+ viewers within the comfort

of their own home at the beginning of Quarantine. What a perfect time to release this on Disney+, a day before Independance Day. No coincidence there.

This was a first for me, so no previous bias. I was only familiar with two songs because I had heard them sung by my fellow classmates.

Thanks to Disney+, I was able to finally witness the amazing talent from some great names we all know, and Academy Alumni.

It was a previous recording with the original cast, and they were able to showcase it and present it through an on-screen platform. Thank goodness they did! The taping for it was captured from a couple of performances. I was not only blown away by the music, the acting, the dancing, but also by the wonderful set design. There were so many details that really helped tell the story. From the colors of the wardrobe, to the specific accents and the certain dancers they would use to to tell the story. What Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire did in order to make this show come to existence, has now certainly paid off.

In my opinion. I thought it was more than I expected. It made me wonder how much of the story was true, and what the singers were saying at times with the rapid rapping. Overall, it was completely entertaining and made me want to watch it again. I could definitely see why so many people I know, love it so much. If seeing it on screen was an experience to me, I can only imagine how thrilling it would be to see it live on a stage. The energy must be so exhilarating. I am recommending so many people to watch it now. I have watched it about 4-5 times since it premiered on Disney+. I also recommend watching the Hamilton History has its Eyes on You, and The Undefeated Presents Hamilton In Depth, after watching Hamilton, and can also be found on Disney+.

It was so astounding to see how they were able to create a musical out of such political and historical events. If you did not already know the story, Hamilton takes you on a journey through the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's Founding Fathers. We get to experience his ups and downs, and are also introduced to the many Founding Fathers that were present at the time. New England had grown tired of being under English rule and decides to cut ties with the motherland. At the beginning of the show, we see a young Alexander who has dreams of spurring revolutionary change in the country. As he grows more in the ways of law and politics, he also fights alongside other key participants in the fight for Independence. He meets Aaron Burr, gets married to Eliza, fights for George Washington and so forth. Don't want to spoil too much.

If I could pick two parts that will forever be unforgettable to me, was the musical and physical transition in Satisfied that was the time warp. I cry for how amazing it was. The other part I will never forget, was the silenced parts in the last battle as the bullet approaches Hamilton. This moment was literally jaw dropping for me.

Over the years I have come to appreciate and adore Lin Manuel Miranda, and he is truly a genius. He definitely has a musical gift, and at the rate he is moving in his career, it is truly exciting what else he will do. I loved his performance as Hamilton since his embodiment of the character came from all that he learned and researched for the show. All the actors were so well casted. The way that cameras were able to capture close ups of the face to get the most out of the crucial moments in performances, was truly riveting. Most of all I am extremely thankful for the color-blind aspect of the show, which at first I was surprised to see, I loved that the mix of races made it more about the historically accuracy, it more about the message of the story. The representation of other ethnicities alone was a celebration to me, and when the lyrics played along with it. Wonderful performances all around from Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Jon Rua. The amount of work that it takes to prepare for a musical is a lot already, but to be able to sing, dance and move around on a revolving stage is beyond astounding! I cannot stress the amazing work of Daveed Diggs on his 6.3 words/second in Act 1 of "Guns and Ships." The connection between Phillipa and Lin Manuel with Eliza and Hamilton, was truly beautiful, and I was right there with them in their ups and downs.

This show, now made into a movie we can all treasure forever, is a wonderful work of art all audiences will treasure.

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