Hamilton is a 2020 American musical film comprising a live recording of the 2015 Broadway musical, in turn inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It was directed and produced by Thomas Kail and produced, written, and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda also stars as first Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, along with the musical's original principal Broadway cast.
The original Broadway production of the award-winning musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the treasury, blending hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway styles, filmed from the Richard Rogers Theater in New York.
Why It Rocks
NOTE: Most of these WIR and BQ reasons will be about the musical itself, but some will be about the recording.
- Thomas Kali's direction successfully captures the show's energy and visuals, as if one was in the theatre watching the musical. While all other musical adaptations fail to capture what made the original great, Hamilton successfully does so by simply filming the play.
- The movie was made for people who couldn't afford a ticket to the well-renowned musical, which is great!
- The musical has an innovative reimagining of the historical figures as multi-cultural. The fact the cast is heavily diverse and isn't forced for the sake of pandering is also a huge achievement.
- Wonderful songs that have a blend of rap, jazz, R&B, and Broadway styles that even Eminem would be proud of, such as "Alexander Hamilton," "My Shot," "You'll Be Back," "Satisfied," "Burn," and "The Schuyler Sisters."
- The dialogue is all sung-through instead of traditional spoken dialogue people are used to seeing.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda's songwriting is why the songs are so catchy, poetic, and worthy of being on Top 10 radio.
- The costumes, choreography, the set designs (the rotating floor, anyone?), are all at top-notch.
- The acting and singing are amazing and full of life, with Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton), and Jonathan Groff (King George III) being huge standouts.
- While the first act has most of the catchiest songs and a touch of humor, the second act is absolutely heartbreaking, especially when we see Hamilton's son die from a bullet wound.
- Alexander Hamilton is well-portrayed just like the real historical figure, along with others, such as George Washington, Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton, and Aaron Burr.
- Some moments in history are excluded from the musical.
- For example, Peggy Schuyler's death from the common cold is never mentioned. Instead, she silently disappears in the second act.
Like the Broadway musical, the filmed version of Hamilton has received universal acclaim from critics and audiences for its musical, visuals, performances, and direction. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Hamilton holds an approval rating of 98% and an average rating of 9.18/10, based on 168 reviews. The site's critics consensus reads: "Look around, look around at how beautifully Hamilton shines beyond Broadway – and at how marvelously Thomas Kail captures the stage show's infectious energy." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 90 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
- The film was originally planned to be released in theaters on October 15, 2021; however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was moved to Disney+.
- This is the second Disney+ original film not to use the Disney+ Original logo after .