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One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal and tragedy. But his contributions survive. As Secretary of the Treasury during the tumultuous early years of the republic, Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into industrial powerhouse.
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I, however, have to say this film is kind of scratching the skin. For example, as Secretary of the Treasury, his policies have enormous impacts on the whole country, from the Louisiana Purchase to NYSE. Unfortunately, you can't sense this in the film, even this part is complemented in the Special Features. In addition, you can't feel he is a man with the personality of controversy as told in the beginning of this film. You just feel he is a man with passion and idealism. The reason might be that this film stresses more on his bright sides rather than dark sides. Of course it's good to know his contributions and I admire that. But it is just not so realistic.
My favorite part of this film is the last chapter, Hamilton's Legacy. Even though the content of this film is not so convincing, I still feel moved when watching this chapter. The comments on him are also excellent. For example, "He doesn't need a monument (as Washington and Jefferson). We live in Hamilton's monument."
For me, it's good to know more about Alexander Hamilton. After all, he is the man on the 10 dollar bill and he must have something great. In a word, He is a visionary whom prople didn't appreciate at his times.