Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
This musical lives up to its excellent reputation. I don't think I could sing its praises any better than the many, many critics and audiences who loved it. I was lucky to be familiar with most of the history dramatized here, because I suspect that it's a little harder to follow otherwise (and would be even harder without subtitles). The part of the story that I didn't know, the subplot about Hamilton's son, was quite affecting. I really, really liked this.
I'm aware that the film itself is just a document of the stage play, so I'm making a choice to review the play and not limit myself to the film, since they're impossible to separate.
Erik Bates: “It ruled.”
We saw the show in 2016 in New York with this cast. I am thrilled that audiences around the world (or at least in countries with streaming rights to see it) now get to experience it. Much like listening to an album by a band, or watching a video of a live performance doesn't quite give you the "full" experience, this movie also doesn't give you the same experience as seeing it live. But don't be deceived -- this is an amazing production, and everyone should see it if they are able.