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Postby bookworm » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:17 am

The general public is finally going to be able to see Hamilton when it comes to Disney+ next week so it's time to have a thread about it.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby Pengwin » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:44 am

I don't know much about the musical. I've only heard one of their songs because a friend played it for me. This friend loves the sountrack but has never seen Hamilton live. We're excited to watch it when it's released.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby bookworm » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:35 pm

Now that it's accessible I feel like I have to watch it because it's one of the biggest cultural things ever; but I would be doing it for precisely that, a feeling of obligation to watch it not an actual desire to see it.

The premise of the show isn't interesting to me, and the bits of soundtrack I've heard don't appeal to me in any way. And there's no way it's going to fulfill the incredible level of hype it has.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby Catspaw » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:53 pm

I partly agree with bookworm that I want to see it because it is such a big thing and I want to see for myself what all the fuss is about. ;) In general I enjoy musicals. I'm hoping to enjoy it. I know it's hard to film a stage version and retain the power of the show, but the ad looks good, and the way Disney is promoting it, I assume that it was filmed to showcase the production as well as possible.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby jelly » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:59 pm

Neither the topic or musical genre (hip-hop) would have particularly intrigued me in any way, either... and the first time I listened to the soundtrack a few years ago, it didn't instantly blow me away. But it was juuuust ear-wormy enough to inspire a second listen, and then a third... and I don't know how else to explain it other than the magic took hold. There are so many layers of artistic brilliance that make it the perfect "improve over time" experience.

I know it's a flex, but my wife and I went to go see it on Broadway in late January (just before the apocalypse hit..!), and it was pretty much indescribable. Easily some the most powerful storytelling I think I'll ever witness.

My bias is that I'm a sucker for nuanced storytelling and also musicals usually, so based on that I can't predict that it will automatically work on everyone... although I have often heard it described as "the musical for people who don't like musicals." So at least worth a shot. \:D/
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Re: Hamilton

Postby ByeByeBrownie » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:03 pm

jelly wrote:Neither the topic or musical genre (hip-hop) would have particularly intrigued me in any way, either... and the first time I listened to the soundtrack a few years ago, it didn't instantly blow me away. But it was juuuust ear-wormy enough to inspire a second listen, and then a third... and I don't know how else to explain it other than the magic took hold. There are so many layers of artistic brilliance that make it the purrfect "improve over time" experience.

I know it's a flex, but my wife and I went to go see it on Broadway in late January (just before the apocalypse hit..!), and it was pretty much indescribable. Easily some the most powerful storytelling I think I'll ever witness.

My bias is that I'm a sucker for nuanced storytelling and also musicals usually, so based on that I can't predict that it will automatically work on everyone... although I have often heard it described as "the musical for people who don't like musicals." So at least worth a shot. \:D/

THIS. Even if you don't think you'll like it, I would highly recommend that everybody give it a listen or a watch at least once. Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the greatest minds of our time, and you will not change my mind on that.

Also, not to flex either, but I will confirm that seeing it live is a totally indescribable experience.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby Smaug the Dragon » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:35 am

I got to watch it live in London last year, and it was a great experience! Was feeling moved to tears by a few of the more powerful scenes (you guys know which ones... :p )

I managed to miss out on all the Hamilton hype for so long, but one day I sort of absently played the whole musical while working on some coding project or other... I was hooked by the time they got to Satisfied, which still remains one of my favourite songs in the musical. Definitely worth a listen if you're into compelling character-driven storytelling and don't mind/appreciate a Broadway-hip-hop fusion sound.
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Re: Hamilton

Postby Termite » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:19 pm

Another Hamilfan here \:D/ I'm excited and slightly nervous (based on the previews) that some of what the ensemble do is going to get lost at the edges of the more focused shots, though. I got to see the Phillip tour the other year, and WOW do the dancers add SO much context to the show. The staging. The Bullet. The turntable.

Anyway, I'm ready for it to drop. There are a couple 'Easter egg' moments that I missed when I saw the tour, so I'm hoping to catch them this time around.

Smaug the Dragon wrote:Was feeling moved to tears by a few of the more powerful scenes (you guys know which ones... :p )

I started crying as soon as the beat dropped. . .and multiple other times. It led to full on weeping during the final scenes, as well as "One Last Time" (the emotion that one pulls is incredible).

jelly wrote: So at least worth a shot. \:D/

Yeah no one throw away their shot \:D/

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Re: Hamilton

Postby Knight Fisher » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:44 pm

Totally lived up to the hype. \:D/
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Re: Hamilton

Postby jelly » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:50 am

Knight Fisher wrote:Totally lived up to the hype. \:D/

Yay! \:D/

Termite wrote:I'm excited and slightly nervous (based on the previews) that some of what the ensemble do is going to get lost at the edges of the more focused shots, though.

I have similar feelings for sure.

Despite my anticipation, I winced a little bit every time there was an interview leading up to this release where Lin or the director would talk about, "we're giving everyone the best seat in the house of the actual production, but also it's cinematic", because those are contradictory things. :P And maybe it's because I've spent years of my own career capturing theatrical stage performances and editing for video, I found myself easily distracted with all the editing and camera angles they chose to go with for the final result. There are so many elements intentionally designed for theatre -- extreme lighting, large ensemble choreography, over-the-top acting -- that simply won't ever play as well on film because they weren't designed for storytelling tools like closeups or editing.

So it's certainly not a replacement for seeing the production live, which I'm only mentioning because once the pandemic has subsided I'm sure it's going to continue being performed around the world for years to come, and I think everyone should still try and go see it in person if they have the opportunity... but in the meantime, I do think it's wonderful that this version exists. \:D/
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Re: Hamilton

Postby Petrichor » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:39 pm

So I finally finished watching this today! \:D/ I'd only heard a few of the songs before, and I was excited to watch, but I was sort of bracing myself to be disappointed. But I wasn't! I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Now... I personally feel that it could never live up to all the hype, since if that were the case, it would have completely changed the trajectory of my life and forever ruined all other forms of entertainment for me. And I'm not putting those kinds of expectations on a musical or movie. :anxious: But as someone who's not particularly into theater, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this!
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Re: Hamilton

Postby jelly » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:41 am

Petrichor wrote:...and forever ruined all other forms of entertainment for me.

I feel like it's done this to me :(
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