Movie Reviews

Hamilton (2020)

hamilton-disney-poster-review-2020Director: Thomas Kail (Screenplay written by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Genre: Musical, Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 160 Minutes

Main Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Plot: A recording of the live performance of the Broadway hit Hamilton from 2016, telling the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

My Thoughts: Every now and again I get the pleasure of watching something that I love so wholeheartedly, I find myself at a complete loss for words. I tried to write my post earlier in the week but it turned into a 500+ word ramble about a musical play I was in as a kid, I’m all for going off topic every now and again (hence the blog name) but this was too much, so you can look forward to that in a future post of its own soon. So back on track. I’ve never been a theatre person. When I went to New York for my honeymoon my husband and I made the effort to see a show on Broadway, how can you not? We chose Finding Neverland because it was a) Disney and b) a musical, and we had such a good time. So yes, Hamilton was a must when it got released on Disney+.

My knowledge of American history all comes down to one of my favourite ever games, Assassins Creed III. I know enough to know who the main characters in Hamilton are and how the story goes, which was handy. As for the show itself, I knew nothing at all. When the first song started with that hip hop vibe (I sound 900 saying that) I was really taken aback, but oh boy, it goes so well. There isn’t a single song in the whole performance that didn’t make me want to get up and cheer.

So there you have it, a review that tells you next to nothing useful. Not that I write ‘proper’ reviews anyway but…just go and watch Hamilton.

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Best Bit: I feel like every new song became my favourite song, but the ones that stick out the most to me are My Shot, You’ll Be Back, Right Hand Man, What’d I Miss, Cabinet Battle #1…okay you get my point. I tried to only pick my favourites and it’s still a long list.

Worst Bit: If I tried to fault it at all, the only thing I can think of it that the second half feels slower than the first, but it still contains some epic moments, and the finale itself is just beautiful.

Fun Trivia: The cost of filming the show in June 2016 for later exhibition as an independent movie was financed by its three main producers for less than $10 million. In February 2020, Disney paid $75 million for the worldwide rights to release it, believed to be the largest price ever paid for a single film acquisition. Other studios that expressed interest in the film rights included Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox (which would eventually be acquired by Disney) and Netflix.

My Rating: A full 5 copies of Assassin’s Creed III which gave me all the background knowledge of American history I needed to understand what was actually going on.

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13 thoughts on “Hamilton (2020)

  1. Although I heard a lot of raving about it the last couple of years I never really invested the time to check out the soundtrack. Might have skimmed through it, but thought it was probably overhyped and would be disappointing to watch. Happy to find out it wasn’t and since it has been released I’ve seen it several times. The soundtrack has been playing quite a lot and currently working my way through the book about the play. It’s an amazing piece of work by Miranda and the references to classic hip hop tracks were awesome to find while watching it. So I’m with you 🙂 Agree with you that the second half is a bit slower.

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    1. I’m so glad I just went for it without looking it up because if someone told me it was a 3-hour musical about American history told through hip hop tracks…I would have laughed!

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  2. This was my first viewing of the musical as well as listening to the entire soundtrack and while I don’t dislike it, it’s not really my thing. I think it comes down to that I can’t really get into the hip hop/rap/other musical choices as it’s not really my thing. I feel Hamilton is the musical made for people who don’t like musicals. My favorite song is probably You’ll Be Back.

    Oh, the Finding Neverland musical isn’t a Disney production, btw. It’s based on the 2004 film with Johnny Depp, not the Disney version of Peter Pan.

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  3. LMAO Assassin’s Creed. I’ve never played those games, I never would’ve guessed they had history lessons in them. I’m actually surprised at how accurate Hamilton was. I was expecting them to take way more liberties with it.

    But I loved it and I’ve been thinking about it nonstop since watching.

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    1. It’s terrible isn’t it? But the game is set during the same period of time, with the fictional title character assisting Washington…I played it so many times and it’s always stuck with me!

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  4. I’m working my way through it. I watched the first third and couldn’t connect with it at all. Let a few days go by and picked it back up over the weekend. For me it finally starts to click during the middle. Hope to finish the last 40 minutes tonight.

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    1. I think it’s one of those that you either really connect with straight away or just not at all. I have a friend who loves musicals and loves the theater but can’t find any excitement for Hamilton!

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      1. It’s funny, I rewatched the second half with my family and boy does it pick up steam once Diggs’ comes prancing down those steps. 🙂

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