The action is the dialogue.
In the Heights is a play with Do the Right Thing, Friday, and Rent baked into its DNA, and I was very worried that this adaptation would sand all the rougher edges off. I'm thrilled to report that, while viewers of all ages will surely enjoy it, it is as bold and bracing about the realities faced by immigrants as it is kinetic and buoyant in the fashion of classic movie musicals. The screenplay's minor changes to the original narrative…
UPDATE/JANUARY 16, 2020: I was 20 years old when I posted this review. Since then, I've learned a lot more about cinema, made a few films myself, and aged seven years. I would not write a review like this today, though I must admit that I still find this one amusing. Carry on!
To say that Holy Motors has been praised would be the understatement of the century. It has been discussed and interpreted more than probably any other…