In the Heights

In the Heights ★★★★½

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I saw the 8-minute clip they released early and between the cheesy record scratch moment and obvious lip synching I was afraid this might be one of those musicals that doesn't translate well to the big screen. I guess you shouldn't judge a movie by it's first 8 minutes though, because (compared to the, erm, slime tutorial) I think it might have worked better in this format?! There were some changes that I don't quite understand and some characters I still wish were a little more fleshed out, but the whole thing is bursting with a love for the Heights you can actually feel (you can feel the absolute nightmare that is NYC in 100+ degree weather during a blackout, too 🥵). And I knew Paciencia Y Fe would wreck me, but I didn't know it'd be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen while doing so. Plus Lin-Manuel Miranda looks like he's having the time of his life as the piragua guy (the only thing that could be better than him dueling with Chris Jackson as Mister Softee would be dueling with Leslie Odom Jr. as Mister Softee), and there's some cute nods to Hamilton and his parents too. Really the only downside was that I watched this at home on HBO Max and not in the crowded, Covid-free theater it deserves.

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