There were just a lot of obstacles. Even though London is a few hours from where I live, I understand that I wouldn’t do my best to buy tickets, book a resort free day with my partner and make a full day. I’m just lazy. Hamilton is destined to be fair, or something I’ve experienced either through Spotify had explained to me over and over by friends who bothered to keep going.
Hamilton’s arrival at Disney Plus feels like a real event. And perhaps the only major opportunity for streaming services in this strange year yet. While the release of The Man on VOD or movies like Pixar’s Onward seemed like an important deal at the present time, this is the first thing I cleared my schedule to watch during our screenplay.
And I think it lives up to the hype. I believe Hamilton feels nostalgic because you never expected this this year. The value is high because theater experiences are more challenging to come by now.
What is Hamilton worth viewing?
To put it simply, Hamilton showed me something. Unless you hate musicals, I think this will make it feel.
A biographical musical with a contemporary approach, I saw Hamilton feeling like I was enjoying someone’s masterpiece for the first time. It is an emotional, often funny and enlightening viewing experience that even leaves a powerful impression.
Hamilton tells the life story of the American founder Alexander Hamilton (played by writer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda) and his extraordinary journey from orphan to critical figure in the American revolution and, ultimately, American politics. His story is compared to that of Aaron Burr (played by Leslie Odom Jr), his rival and ultimate killer.
Collectively, the show provides a vivid representation of this part of American history, and I suddenly had to open 25 Chrome tabs to read about everyone mentioned in the script (in my experience with schooling in the UK they don’t teach you much about the wars we have not won).
Much of the appeal of the movie version is the fact that it features the first Broadway cast of the 2015 musical.
This is the outfit that has turned Hamilton into a feeling. This recording is different from a time capsule, and I couldn’t say it, even though it was filmed more than three times a week. For practical reasons, it will help that Miranda looks consistently exhausted with every shot (partly because he performed on his day off to find the footage needed for this movie, based on an interview).
I then investigated what the entire cast did next. There are several memorable performances to appreciate here (although I’m already familiar with King George actor Jonathan Groff from Netflix’s Mindhunter). Granted, I also saw Miranda’s excellent spin on Curb Your Enthusiasm a few months before, which sparked my curiosity about finally watching Hamilton.
If you are a first-timer, don’t miss it.
I say, see the first song and try not to win if you think Hamilton is being hyped based on the performance of this musical. The power of performances and the lyrics enchanted me.
I have no understanding of theater and I don’t believe that the promise of seeing Hamilton live when booking a visit to London’s West End will address my laziness one day. When I could sit here alone and play with Apex Legends in my underpants.
That said, this seems like an encounter and a real treat to resist the lockdown blues. I imagine the prospect of visiting Hamilton is much more complicated for many people than it is for me. And while getting a month of Disney Plus may not get in the way of everyone, Hamilton’s release on the platform removes the financial barriers to having this culturally significant work. That’s pretty cool.
Hamilton’s arrival also underscores another critical point: Disney Plus requires musicals. In this period of production struggles in movies and TV, it’s another way to differentiate the service.