Definitely the movie of the summer, maybe the movie of the year – fr

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Definitely the movie of the summer, maybe the movie of the year – fr


Summer is approaching, and cinematically there are plenty of places to go during these warmer months, but nothing seems like a better destination than In the heights. Once you see the almost unanimous rave reviews for the upcoming musical – directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit (Hamilton) – you’ll want to book this virtual trip to the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Here’s what the critics are saying In the heights:


Is this THE movie to see this summer?

In the heights it’s a knockout… This one deserves to be the movie of the summer.
– Manuel Betancourt, this shelf

In the heights“Unstoppable energy is the perfect note to kick off this summer’s successful season.
– Danette Chavez, AV Club

Every summer should have a movie like this.
– Joshua Rivera, Polygone

[It’s] more than just a movie. It’s more than just a musical. It’s a Event.
– Anna Menta, decision maker

In the heights is not just a film, it is a movement.
– Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire


Could it even be the film of an?

There might not be a bigger heart attack this year than In the Heights.
– Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

One of the best films of the year, In the heights is a special experience.
– Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live Entertainment

One of the best movies of the year which is perfect in almost every way.
– Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire

It is one of the most vivid and moving movies that you are likely to see this year.
– Siddhand Adlakha, Films IGN


(Photo de Macall Polay / © Warner Bros.)

Will fans of the original Broadway production be happy with it?

Bursting with life, love and melody, it amplifies the mega power of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show, turning it into a jubilant cinematic experience.
– Courtney Howard, fiction fraîche

Chu perfectly captures the energy of – and builds on – Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical.
– Anna Menta, decision maker

Chu’s vision broadens and enriches the rendering of the Washington Heights series into a moving spectacle, transforming mundane mornings or trips to the pool into something fascinating and uplifting.
– Monica Castillo, Le Wrap

It’s a musical adaptation that feels big and intimate in equal measure; there’s a lot of spice to it but Chu knows when to focus on the little details to make this effervescent music sing.
– Manuel Betancourt, this shelf

[It’s] a triumphant adaptation … In its joyful excess, In the heights advocates for the adaptation of Broadway musicals to Hollywood cinema.
– Joshua Rivera, Polygone


What about fans of musicals in general?

In the heights is proof that the musical isn’t dead – it just needed a little flavor.
– Juan Barquin, the scene of the film

Even though it is reminiscent of great movie musicals both old and new, it also feels like a big step forward for the genre.
– Manuel Betancourt, this shelf

It’s the best of what a musical can be.
– Anna Menta, decision maker

It’s exceptional and lovely, as all great musicals should aspire to be.
– Courtney Howard, fiction fraîche

It does what a great musical should do. It makes you feel alive.
– Siddhand Adlakha, Films IGN

It’s the best Hollywood musical in years.
– Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine


(Photo by Warner Bros.)

How are the musical numbers?

Each feels incredibly more iconic than the one before it.
– Anna Menta, decision maker

Almost all the songs are bangers that keep the emotions running high – you will cry, you will clap, you will hum yourself the songs as you leave the theater.
– Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine

While not perfect in execution, the musical numbers in this adaptation take the characterization to new heights as they each respond to popular music from the character’s home country.
– Orlando Maldonado, the playlist

[Chu’]The end goal of s seems to be doing the most for every musical number, which doesn’t necessarily mean doing the best.
– Martin Tsai, critic’s notebook


What is the leadership of John M. Chu?

In the heights is the movie he was meant to make, and in the future I hope to see Chu create more musicals for the ages.
– Alan Cerny, Vital Thrills

An exciting aspect of the whole experience is Chu’s take on what a movie musical can be… [He] inherently understands that musicals are magical, even if the plot is “small” and realistic.
– Erin Strecker, Mashable

Chu strikes a lot more often than he misses, and always when it matters most.
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Mr. Chu’s abrupt transitions between naturalistic street scenes and the soundstage are characteristic of an incoherent and incoherent style.
– Martin Tsai, critic’s notebook

While the spontaneity of the dance numbers ultimately works in Chu’s favor, the frequent close-ups don’t, and it makes me wish he showed the potential for the popping musicals he made in his. Intensifier films.
– Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm

Sometimes I found myself a little frustrated with Chu’s directing choices… I wanted to shout “HOLD AGAIN!” so I can see amazing artists – and they’re all really fantastic – doing their thing.
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox


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Is there any outstanding performance?

The cast is uniformly excellent, with a special mention to Anthony Ramos whose charisma leaps off the screen.
– Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics

One of the most charismatic and likeable performances you’ve ever seen on a screen of any kind, Anthony Ramos plays Usnavi as a naturalized storyteller with a twinkle in his eyes.
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire

The assembled whole is out of the ordinary. Ramos and Hawkins perform at the highest level. Grace sets a turning point for the career… Merediz is a gracious power.
– Courtney Howard, fiction fraîche

It’s hard to choose a favorite performance, but with “Paciencia Y Fe,” inspired by her soul and son, Merediz reminds us why she is Latinx royalty.
– Danette Chavez, AV Club

While the entire cast of the ensemble shines, the film is Merediz’s and she will likely be in conversation during the next awards season.
– Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live Entertainment


Is there a message?

In the heights contains a much needed message of hope right now.
– Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live Entertainment

In the heightshe timely story has a topical message that feels right at home in a musical setting… which is invigorated by the way Huedes adapts his own book to today’s realities.
– Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend

[It’s] a little heavy sometimes with his messaging.
– Juan Barquin, the scene of the film


In the heights

(Photo by Warner Bros.)

How important is the Latinx portrayal of the film?

What I like the most In the heights This is how Latino culture is represented in the foreground and center and is not just after the fact saved for a scene or two.
– Matt Rodriguez, Shakefire

What makes the adaptation of In the heights so remarkable is that this is a great Hollywood musical that allows its Latino characters to live normal lives, free from gang violence or narco and free from stereotypes.
– Monica Castillo, Le Wrap

In the heights achieves the impossible because he faithfully represents the Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican and many other Latin Diasporas in the United States.
– Orlando Maldonado, the playlist

What is most special In the heights it is because it sheds light on an often unrecognized cinema community.
– Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live Entertainment

The film ultimately presents itself as a corporate vision of celebrating diversity.
– Martin Tsai, critic’s notebook


But is it also a movie for everyone?

Not everyone will feel represented by watching In the heights. It is an impossible task for any film. Again [it] can mean a lot of things to many different viewers.
– Monica Castillo, Le Wrap

[It’s] a great Hollywood musical that is not just for Latinx people but for Broadway fans, Hamilton, The cult of the personality of Lin-Manuel Miranda, and musical theater in general. They’re going to flock to this movie like it’s a new brunch in Crown Heights.
– Joshua Rivera, Polygone


Are there any issues with the film?

Not all updates are transparent; some of the significant tension of the original is sacrificed for an unambiguously happy ending.
– Danette Chavez, AV Club

Storytelling and pacing issues… including the very real defusing of the more complex relationships of the source material which creates a sort of generic happy-happy joy-joy feeling.
– Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Hawkins isn’t charismatic enough to uplift a paper thin character when placed against a star like Grace.
– Juan Barquin, the scene of the film

Not all character arcs are as strong as the others, especially when it comes to Vanessa. Her internal and external issues are not brought together as coherently as that of her love.
– Courtney Howard, fiction fraîche


In the heights

(Photo by Warner Bros.)

Should we see it on the big screen if we can?

Dreams like this, whether big or small, need a big screen to be truly seen; and In the heights is absolutely worthy of being turned into a great cinematic experience.
– Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend

Seeing this massive, deceitful, heartfelt Hollywood entertainment on the big screen is like coming home from a long year in exile to find out it’s still here, and maybe even better than you remember it. .
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire

See it with a crowd cheering for every breathtaking song and dance number.
– Mike Ryan, Uproxx

[It] could not come at a better time and absolutely must be seen in a theater… The experience is absolutely euphoric and must be seen surrounded by as many friends and family as can be gathered.
– Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics

In the heights is an astonishing and triumphant return to cinema that reminds us over and over again why we love to see movies on the big screen, together.
– Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine


Will we see it again and again?

When the credits roll on the joyful, colorful, thrilling and hopeful of Jon M. Chu In the heights, all I could think of was how badly I wanted them to restart the movie.
– Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics

In the heights was the last movie I filmed inside a movie theater in 2020. I haven’t set foot in a single one since that press screening prior to last spring… There is no film that I am more impatient to watch in the midst of an audience than this ode to the beauty of crowds, the value of solidarity and the pleasures of community.
– Manuel Betancourt, this shelf


In the heights hits theaters and premieres on HBO Max on June 11, 2021.

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