Seen by Martin before? No
What did I expect? A starchy, prosaic musical about our Founding Fathers.
What did I get? Two friends of mine recently mentioned in passing that they just cannot watch 1776. I take this to mean that, regarded purely as a musical, it’s far from anything special. Musicals are supposed to be buoyant, to transport, to elevate; even I can glean that 1776 by this measure is pretty clunky. The limitations of the songs are plain to see (hear) and it does traffic in an inexcusable quotient of tedium, but I confess that I find it a difficult movie to dislike. It appeals to my starchy, prosaic mind, I reckon.