Basically, the equation on “Hamilton” boils right down to this: If you have by no means seen the musical, this filmed manufacturing — shot over three days in 2016, then edited collectively — gives the possibility to take pleasure in it with the unique solid. If you’ve gotten seen it, it is a welcome alternative to indulge in all that expertise and brilliance once more.
As a bonus, the manufacturing approach — which mixes a efficiency taped in entrance of an viewers with individually shot close-ups and digicam angles that put the viewer on the stage — goes past the “best seat in the house” to a extra cinematic expertise.
So the place are the drawbacks? Chalk them up as quibbles: Watching at house, the viewers response can at instances be a trifle distracting. Ditto for a number of the lighting, which, as captured, often casts an eerie blue glow onto the performers.
Beyond that, sit again, calm down, mute your cellphone and benefit from the present, which runs two hours and 42 minutes (together with a one-minute “intermission”). Bringing historical past spectacularly to life, Miranda’s dazzling mixture of musical genres presents the triumphant and tumultuous lifetime of Alexander Hamilton, the founding father whom he portrays.
Seeing them reunited now, the solid that the producers initially assembled is much more outstanding: Leslie Odom Jr. because the “damn fool who shot him,” Aaron Burr; Daveed Diggs (Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson); Christopher Jackson (George Washington); Phillipa Soo as Hamilton’s spouse, Eliza, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as her sister Angelica; and Jonathan Groff as mad King George, solely right here with the digicam zooming in so you’ll be able to see spittle spray throughout his exasperated moments within the comedic masterpiece “You’ll Be Back.”
Lest anybody has forgotten, Miranda’s Tony-winning e-book and rating include one gem after one other, yielding no scarcity of spine-tingling moments. Pick a favourite, though Soo and Goldsberry’s back-to-back renditions of “Helpless” and “Satisfied” and Odom’s “The Room Where It Happens” are laborious to high.
If something, at-home consumption gives a few conspicuous benefits, together with the flexibility to devour the prolonged present at one’s leisure. Miranda and director Thomas Kail taped an introduction to the movie acknowledging its shift to Disney+, which required sacrificing a couple of swear phrases to fulfill Disney’s requirements, however in any other case, that is “Hamilton,” full energy.
Granted, nothing can absolutely replicate the distinctive qualities of a stay theatrical expertise. But if anybody doubts that “Hamilton” can nonetheless ship a Broadway wallop to the consolation of 1’s sofa, nicely, simply you wait.
“Hamilton” premieres July three on Disney+. It’s rated PG-13.