Run time: 143 mins
There’s a sentimental kind of exuberance and more than two solid hours of dancing in the streets in this earnest movie-musical version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit.
The main voice belongs to Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who is on a beach telling a group of kids about his memories of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
A full-throated celebration of the diverse Latinx community that’s been the lifeblood of Washington Heights since the white flight of the 1960s, In the Heights paved the way for Hamilton by transposing hip-hop, salsa, merengue, and other decidedly non-white sounds into a cadence that would appeal to Broadway audiences.
In the Heights is the kind of electrifying theatrical experience that people have been waxing nostalgic for ever since the pandemic began – the kind that it almost seemed like we might never get to enjoy again. That’s due at least in part to director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) who sets his gorgeous young cast loose in a city where dazzling scenes of magical realism will carry you away. (Jack Whiting) Sounds fantastic.
Only here once in our first June/July programme since 2019…!!!
It will be back, and like Hamilton’s stage show, time and again. Jump your car’s bonnet to be here.
J…. WORDS OVER. SO CUT THE CAST LIST TO A FEW . DONT KNOW ANY NAMES… DO YOU…? Which in an Icelandic film would be the full cast list but here it sounds like West Side Story meets Fame….