A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Looks at Hamilton (live recording on Disney+) against the backdrop of racial justice protests of the summer of 2020. Stokes an awareness of history and the impact of racial inequality in the United States.
The musical can be used as a jumping off point to take a deep dive into the untold stories of our country's history. When the "room where it happens" reflects the diversity of our country, better things happen; open the doors to that room, invite everyone in. Representation matters -- seeing BIPOC actors filling up a Broadway stage has had a lasting impact on musical theater and fans.
Positive Role Models
Creator and cast members interviewed (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, etc.) and the director of Hamilton (Thomas Kail) are models of success and passion for their work. Among them, they are actors, directors, philanthropists, community organizers, and musicians. Thomas Kail is White; the rest are Black, Latino, and Asian. The host, Robin Roberts, and the guest professor, Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed, are also Black.
Violence & Scariness
Racial protests are highlighted and tensions revealed. Hamilton has some violent moments, though they aren't showcased here.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The special was created as promotion for the release of the live recording of Hamilton on Disney+.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes on You is a special promoting the Hamilton live recording on Disney+. Done in Zoom-style video conferencing, Robin Roberts, of Good Morning America, talks with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and members of the original Broadway cast (Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Phillipa Soo) about the legacy of the musical and its relevance to the racial justice protests of 2020. The discussion emphasizes the importance of history and representation of BIPOC in theater and beyond, and highlights the potential of our youth. The host and guests are role models of success and passion for their work. They are also Black, Latino, and Asian with the exception of director Thomas Kail, who is White. A solid pick for Hamilton fans to catch up with the original cast while also engaging with the musical's role in our world today. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This special, featuring stars from Hamilton the musical, offers some thought-provoking analysis, but it's entertainment at its core. Renée Elise Goldsberry, who played Angelica, reveals a heart-warming anecdote about the cast serving as aunties and uncles to her son, and how meaningful that was for him as a Black boy. Leslie Odom, Jr. (who played Aaron Burr) talks about being challenged by a young woman who said that Hamilton is just Black people telling White people's history. Though sometimes provocative, the commentary on how the musical speaks to the racial justice moment feels a bit shoe-horned in. Harvard law professor, Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed, is included as a critic, but, sadly, gets little airtime. Exemplary cultural analysis isn't really the point of any promotional special, though. After viewers get past the dreadful Zoom-like presentation of the guests in boxes surrounding host Robin Roberts, fans will ultimately enjoy seeing the cast reunited and interacting as friends and artists with great respect for one another. They'll also appreciate the history and themes they explored on stage, as well as the musical's inspiring legacy.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.