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Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes On You

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Hamilton stars reunite, reflect in decent special.

Movie NR 2020 46 minutes
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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.

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