I know I’m SUPER late to the party but I finally watched Hamilton (after listening to the soundtrack for ages). Let me tell you, this musical did not disappoint!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Well, this was long. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the whole performance but it’s almost three hours. Although the story and songs were great I just couldn’t watch it in one sitting.
If you watched let, I’d love to hear whether you did like me or just watched the whole thing at once!
However, it wasn’t too long in any way. There were no scenes or songs I would have cut. It’s simply a little much to take in – in the best way possible.
Apart from that, I don’t have anything to criticize. The cast was absolutely amazing. Out of all the great actors and actresses, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave probably the weakest performance but even he was stellar. So, you can imagine how on point everything was here.
They all had such a breathtaking presence, it’s hard to describe. My favorites were probably the Marquis de Lafayette and Angelica Schuyler. The latter one has an outstanding singing voice and I wish she would have gotten more songs.
Speaking of the songs. They will be stuck in your head for days after! I had listened to the soundtrack long before actually seeing the stage performance, so it’s definitely great to listen to on its own as well. It’s almost impossible to wrap your head around the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and composed all of it.
Even if you usually don’t care for musicals, this might be interesting as the music is very different from what you usually get. It’s rap and hip-hop, there are RnB influences. Weirdly enough, this works perfectly when it comes to telling the story of a founding father. Who’d have thought?! Well, I guess Miranda.
The choreographies were -naturally- just as wonderful as the music and it’s almost bewitching to watch. Paired with great costumes and set design, it’s nothing short of marvellous. By the way, it wasn’t just one performance that was filmed. It’s edited together from three performances with additional shots made with no audience present. They really went all-in here and it paid off!
Long story short: this musical is amazing. I loved everything about it from the songs, over the choreographies, to every single actor and actress.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!