In The Heights

With glorious energy popping dancing, a charismatic lead Anthony Ramos, and technicolor bursting costumes you’ll be hard pressed to find a better summer entertainment. The highlight for me was a dance sequence on the side of a Washington Heights building reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley’s graceful acrobatics. With the inclusion of magical realism animation, we are in uncharted artistic brilliance. You can forgive the formulaic story mishmash, unnecessary update of protests, and the perfunctory rap lyrics, by just focusing on the lush singing and cinematography. What you might not be able to forgive is the tuneless score. In Hamilton Lin Manuel could combine his fast-paced lyrics with irresistible melody hooks. In the end you’ll dance away the trauma we’ve suffered during the last fourteen pandemic months.     

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