THEATRICAL REVIEW: In The Heights is the pinnacle film so far this year

Of all the films I’ve seen in 2021, this one is by far the most deserving to be seen on a big, beautiful screen as soon as humanly possible.

The extravagance and beautiful wonderment with which I watched this musical slackjawed is above anything I could have imagined.

From Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda comes this diverse, completely intense and incredible film about immigration and the community of Washington Heights.

Director Jon M. Chu scored a hit with Crazy Rich Asians, and this is a monumental occasion of a film.

Centring on bodega owner Usnavi, he works day and night and hopes for a life in the Dominican. The film follows three days in the lives of people in the neighbourhood, and all the characters are rich and fantastic.

Fronted by Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Stephanie Beatriz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Smits. They’re all wonderful and they couldn’t have been cast better.

I couldn’t quite believe how amazing and exuberant a film it was, and I felt like I was witnessing movie magic in action.

The movie is vibrant and alive with colour and delight, and will be the most entrancing film of the summer. I guarantee it.

5/5 Stars

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