89.2 F
College Station
Monday, June 21, 2021

Travel ‘In The Heights’ For Great Music But Confusing Writing

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

“In the Heights” wastes its gorgeous score and likable characters on confusing plots and motivations in an odd adaptation of a spectacular musical by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“In the Heights” follows Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who runs a bodega in a gentrifying part of Washington Heights. He dreams of leaving New York behind for the beaches of his childhood memories but slowly realizes the depth of the connections he’s made at home, particularly with Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), the girl he loves. Hope is invigorated in the neighborhood when it’s revealed that Usnavi’s store sold a winning lottery ticket for $96,000, bringing to the forefront the dreams of various residents. Taxi dispatch owner Kevin Rosario (Jimmy Smits) could use the money to pay for his brilliant daughter Nina’s (Leslie Grace) Stanford tuition, while her once and future boyfriend Benny (Corey Hawkins) wants to go to business school to better his prospects.

The score of the film is absolutely spectacular. Miranda won the Tony for Best Original Score, and listening to the songs it is not difficult to understand why. The soaring ballads and romantic duets are moving, while the ensemble numbers make you want to get up and dance. I think this film may actually be more fun in a living room than a cinema, as staying seated during songs like “96,000” or “Carnaval del Barrio” would be a challenge. The film is worth watching if for no other reason than to hear the beautiful music in context.

“In the Heights” does fall into the classic movie-musical trap of letting dialogue scenes interrupt various songs, particularly big ensemble numbers, destroying the momentum. Two major group songs were thankfully allowed to just exist without interruption or substantive alterations, and they become two of the show’s best set pieces, with awesome vocals and excellent choreography complimenting the music.

The vocal performances are all strong; every actor is a talented singer. There is some overuse of autotune, particularly on Nina and Vanessa, which strips away some of the emotion in favor of sterile perfection, but

Continue reading on thefederalist

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Abbott Exercises His Veto Powers

Sunday marked the last day that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could consider bills passed by the state Legislature during the regular 87th Legislative Session....

Texas Home School Coalition Reflects on the Session

During this legislative session, legislators heard from citizens and delivered two key homeschooling reforms: allowing equal access to the school resources that families pay...

Texans to Vote on Constitutional Amendments

As they do each odd-numbered year, Texas voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution in a variety of ways proposed by the...

Abbott Signs & Vetoes Bills

Governor Abbott Signs & Vetoes Bills In total, Abbott signed 1,034 bills,...

Abbott Signs Budget, Vetoes Funding of Legislature

Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the $248.5 billion biennial budget for 2022-2023. Abbott took to Twitter to call the budget “fiscally conservative”,...

Continue reading on thefederalist