In height Shot before the COVID-19 era, there couldn’t be a better film to watch in theaters as we attempt to move past the pandemic. written and produced by hamilton Wonderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda, this is a masterfully crafted and choreographed musical, and a vibrant valentine to Manhattan’s Washington Heights and the Latin culture that flourished there.
Miranda pulls out every trick in the genre playbook, from the flashbacks that open the film, to crane shots to transition in and out of scenes, a mesmerizing dance sequence that rivals young girls of rochefort. Every frame of this instant classic has larger-than-life, just-at-the-movies quality, and demands to be seen on the biggest screens.
An infectious energy carries the film along, which begins with a grocery store opener, which breaks down into a colorful, city-wide dance number. Usnavi (Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos) sings about his life in Washington Heights, and how he plans to move to the Caribbean. Until then, his friends Benny (Corey Hawkins) and Nina (Leslie Grace), as well as Sonny (Gregory Diaz IV), the teenager he sees as a father and trouble as a friend, and a romance with a young man. promises. Girl named Vanessa (Melissa Barrera, best known for her work on Starz) Life span)
They have dreams of their own, far beyond bodega and nail salons where they make enough to pay the bills. Miranda sets their every expectation in a kind of melodious tracklist. Where can you find a showstopper about a retired house cleaner, or a toe-tapper about a guy who sells ice cream? The song about immigration is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
Miranda’s compositions find beauty in conflict and the all-Latin artist makes the most of each song and rhythm. Although the threat of gentrification is looming heights, Miranda and director John M. Chu (crazy rich asian) Keep things light as air, with Usnavi rapping and dancing and break away from your problems in a way that feels fresh and relatable. He may want to sell his grocery store and move away, but he also loves New York. No matter how many challenges he faces, his life in the city remains upbeat.
Ramos is the beating heart of the film, the dreamer who tries to escape with difficulty, but secretly loves the challenge of his surroundings. Usnavi’s future seems out of reach, but Ramos’ performance gives us confidence in his quest for love and escape. He’ll have to choose between one or the other, a decision made more difficult by Vanessa’s innate charm as well as her need to grocery shop in town.
The choreography of cameras, bodies, sweats and smiles is so wildly wonderful and wonderfully wild that the 143-minute run-time flies by like a night at the club. In height Seems like a celebration. It’s impossible not to get sucked into its Latin dessert-meets-Jacques-demi vibes. erupts at a pool party rochefort-style flash mobs, while a gravity-defying waltz on the side of a building will make your jaw drop and your heart stop.
In height A crowd-pleaser and a locals-only joke inside—anyone who has ever lived in the area will laugh at the lack of authentic bodega. But it is all-inclusive in its themes of love, hope and community, and ultimately, a loving message for the big screen spectacle.
In height Screens as part of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), Venus. June 4 at the TCL Chinese Theater. more information laliff.org/.
will also debut on the film hbo max And in theaters on June 10.
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