In The Heights Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

In The Heights is a musical for non-musical lovers!

I am not afraid to say that I try my best to stay away from musicals. They are just not my cup of tea. What drew me to In The Heights was the fact it has some big names behind it. This musical drama is from the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is directed by Jon M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians.

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Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

In the Heights is oozing with charm, emotion, and passion. Its dance-filled story is colorful and dazzling and will keep you captivated even if you are not a musical fan like me. Anthony Ramos, who plays the lead, is exceptionally charismatic and draws you into the film’s rich story. The remainder of the featured cast brings a passionate standout performance. In front and behind the camera, the fusion of diverse talent may have created one of the best on-screen musicals in a long time.


I give In The Heights an 8 out of 10. The long runtime may suffocate non-musical lovers, but overall, this film will entertain moviegoers. You can watch this movie in theaters on HBO Max on June 11th.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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