Excerpt: takes off like a rocket which may make its soft landing inevitable. The story resolves neatly…but the cast and filmmakers have clearly given this their all and the musical’s big, vibrant beating heart is a testament to them all.
Excerpt: It very much plays like an elaborate and expanded Broadway production, which maintains the narrative’s spirit while taking advantage of the big screen format to convey it on an even larger scale.
Excerpt: Pure joy. It is singing and dancing, life and love, food and family, heritage and community in all its complexity. Harnesses Golden Age Hollywood verve and style in breathtaking, enrapturing ways.
Excerpt: “In the Heights,” based on what will always be known as the play Lin-Manuel Miranda did before “Hamilton,” has been gently streamlined and updated into a joyous post-pandemic welcome back into the world after a year postponement due to the coronavirus. It is touching, ebullient, timely and timeless with an irresistible cast of young performers filled with screen chemistry.
Excerpt: In the Heights is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Do the Right Thing. Where Spike Lee’s seminal rumination on racism is full of righteous anger and defiance, In the Heights has some of that same anger, but the sharp edges are mostly sanded down and smoothed out.