Director Jon M. Chu holds a cell phone as cast members Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace pose while they attend a special preview screening of the movie “In the Heights” in Los Angeles, California, June 4, 2021. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) The screen version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights offers a thin story but plenty of good cheer.
NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W arner Bros. is so proud of In the Heights, the movie version of the musical Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote before Hamilton, and which landed on Broadway when its author was just 28, that the studio has been showing it to critics for more than a year. Warner’s pride is well-warranted; the movie is bouncy, effervescent, and full of spirit. The actors are adorable, the choreography is inventive, and the songs, though not great, offer lots of infectious Latin/hip-hop beats.
Having much to recommend it, In the Heights has nevertheless graduated to the overhyped category and falls short of being one of the …
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