Movie Review: In the Heights


The new musical “In the Heights” which is based on the stage play created by Linn Manuel Miranda is not for anyone who does not like musicals. Like the musical “Hamilton”, one of the most talked about musicals in recent years, one cannot help but admire the work to turn so many normal spoken sentences into rap music, so all of this takes some gettin used to.

The new musical “In the Heights” which is based on the stage play created by Linn Manuel Miranda is not for anyone who does not like musicals. Like the musical “Hamilton”, one of the most talked about musicals in recent years, one cannot help but admire the work to turn so many normal spoken sentences into rap music, so all of this takes some getting used to. I thought the best part of this movie was the struggles of Nina Rosario, played by Leslie Grace and her father Kevin Rosario, played by Jimmy Smits with finding the money for her to continue her education at Stanford. Kevin would do anything to help his brilliant daughter and that included mortgaging and even selling his business. There is much more to this story, that did a great job in demonstrating the financial struggles of the insane cost of college.

There is a great deal of singing and dancing within these two hours and I thought that the movie would have been better with more normal talking scenes and less musical rap scenes.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for this movie is a very high 97%, along with many celebrities giving their opinions on how good this film is. My rating is in the 85% range, mainly because I am one of those people who does not like musicals. Regardless, I strongly recommend In the Heights.

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