In the Heights: What do critics say?

The new hit “In the Heights” drew the attention of many critics and had a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The reviews reflect the power, diversity, and love of director Jon M. Chu’s work. A feature in evidence is the representation of the Latinx community, Kate Sánchez explains this well in her review for the But Why Tho? by saying: “In the Heights is about those small ways, the little details, of Latinidad that make us who we are.”(read the full article by Sánchez). The actor Anthony Ramos who plays Usnavi de la Vega is also often cited by critics as a charismatic and sympathetic figure who manages to leave his mark even with stories of other characters going on in the film.

The film is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original musical, known for his work on Broadway and “Hamilton” live stage recording, which has been available on Disney’s streaming service since 2020. Recently, Miranda faced discussions about the performers chosen for the leading roles, he used his social media to apologize for the lack of representation of the Afro-Latino community in the cast. Despite this burden, reviews are positive in renowned newspapers. To watch Jon M. Chu’s success is required a subscription to HBO Max service. However, if you want to have a little experience before watching, Warner Bros. Picture shared the first 8 minutes of the movie on their youtube channel (check out the sample click here).

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