What a wonderful and joyous movie! Don’t get me wrong, life’s trials and tribulations are abundant within this story, but it is how we move on that decides our level of happiness and joy.
I never saw the play, and knew very little going into this movie preview. The beginning song did not move me, but, once the first dance sequence came on the big screen, it was all over. The music was terrific, and the dancing was even better, this is my newest recommendation for must see movies of the Summer! You can see it on HBOMax, and even better, see it in an IMAX theater like I did.
In The Heights is about several love stories. The obvious love story about the neighborhood, the love story of the college student who has to learn to love herself, and of course, our main characters love story:
The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” two of my absolute favorites, invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… “In the Heights.”
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
“In the Heights” stars Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born,” Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton,” “BlacKkKlansman”), singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s “In the Heights”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s “Matilda the Musical”), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).
Olga Merediz was Abuela for all of us, and she was fantastic!
Lin-Manuel Miranda was terrific as well!
Chu is directing the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes; it is based on the musical stage play, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda and Hudes, together with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers. Behind the camera, Chu is reuniting with his “Crazy Rich Asians” production designer, Nelson Coates, and editor, Myron Kerstein. He is also collaborating with director of photography Alice Brooks (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and costume designer Mitchell Travers (“Eighth Grade”). The choreography is by Christopher Scott, who previously teamed with Chu on the award-winning “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.”
In theaters and streaming exclusively on HBOMax* June 10!
*Available on @HBOMax in the US only, for 31 days, at no extra cost to subscribers! Buy tickets now to see this in the theater!