“Hamilton’s” debut on Disney Plus does more than conceive the perfect theatrical-cinematic hybrid. The film revives the age-old trope of freedom and its disagreement with the foundation of American society.
Airing on the platform on July 3, the “Hamilton” film was captured with the original cast performing in June 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.
Masterminded by playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, the film was released a day shy of Independence Day.
This is either a subtle reminder of the true value of freedom in our nation or a well-timed coincidence.
As outrage surrounding racial injustice permeates throughout American society, minority contributions to the infrastructure of this country are acknowledged not by our government, but by “Hamilton’s” film adaptation instead.
Those discarded throughout American history are uplifted in both reverence and admiration, as they are implored by the film to “rise up.”
Most compelling of these encouragements were the visions of minority freedom by the leads.
General Lafayette envisioned a world in which the first all-Black batallion would fight for both the country’s liberation and the liberation of Black people from the confines of slavery.
Before his death, Lafayette executed his plan and lead the Black Regiment, which served from the seige of Boston until the Continental Army was disbanded in 1783.
Hamilton spoke out about the attrocities of slavery, but was met with contention at every turn.
After Hamilton’s death, his wife Eliza carried on his vision and spoke out against slavery.
Though she didn’t garner the same respect as a man of her time, she refused to be silenced on this matter and others.
Perhaps if either of these men hadn’t died prematurely, America would be profoundly different.
While nothing can replace the thrill of a live performance, the preservation of the live show in this adaptation surely invokes a thrill of its own kind.
Perhaps outdoing its on-stage counterpart, the film grants viewers a sense of intimacy not afforded by the theater through close-up camera angles and an abbreviated intermission for the audience’s binging pleasure.
The adaptation is nothing short of a masterpiece and defies a cynical review.
The film’s direction brings the acclaimed rap dialogue and cadence of the original musical to the home theater.
To watch the film, sign up for Disney Plus at https://www.disneyplus.com/sign-up.