In the Heights

In the Heights ★★★½

Jon M. Chu conducts this 140 minute burst of energy more like an orchestra than a film, the dynamic camera allowing the excellent choreography to flood the senses and perfectly complement the lyrics. It's a musical as vibrant as the colors of the people, the localities, and the personalities of all the figures both in the foreground and the back. It presents serious questions surrounding the effects of gentrification - is it more important to spread one's unique culture or to enforce it from within? when life reveals a path, is taking the leap courageous or selfish? - but for all the dramatic, introspective moments, it never lets up for a moment, taking us on a wonderful journey of music, dance, and love for who we are, where we come from, and who we will be.

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