What: In the Heights
Premiere date: June 11, 2021
After inheriting his grandmother’s fortune, bodega owner Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic.
Billed as the “event of the summer,” In the Heights is based on the musical of the same name from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is directed by John M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians fame, and stars Ramos, Corey Hawkins, and more as neighbors in a vibrant New York City community.
Looking to stream one of the most talked about movies of the summer? Here’s what you need to know.
How can I watch In the Heights?
In the Heights premiered simultaneously in theaters and on on Friday June 11, 2021. It is just one of many films to get a simultaneous streaming and theatrical release due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Don’t forget your mask if you venture out to see it on the big screen.
Wait — In the Heights is a musical?
Yes, In the Heights is a musical by actor and director Lin-Manuel Miranda that premiered on Broadway on March 9, 2008, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Miranda based the lyrics for the musical off the book of the same title written by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards — winning four, including Best Musical. The film adaptation was originally set for release on June 26, 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
What are people saying about In the Heights so far?
Entertainment editor Erin Strecker took things one step further in her review, saying that In the Heights raises the bar for movie musicals. Here’s more from her review:
From the moment Usnavi (Hamilton‘s Anthony Ramos) emerges onto his block in the opening moment of Jon M. Chu’s excellent movie adaptation of the musical In The Heights, it’s clear to audiences that they are in for something very special. Usnavi walks over the hot cement sidewalk on a steaming summer day when his foot stops over a drain cover. His leg doubles back and suddenly, the drain cover is a turntable, and our musical introduction to the city has begun.
And here is some more buzz from across the internet:
“The urge to go out and party can be strong after a year of social distancing. But if you’re not quite ready to take to the streets singing and dancing, you can watch other people do it instead.” — , deputy entertainment editor at Mashable
“Not only is In the Heights a glorious love letter to New York City, it’s also a love letter to the Pan-Latino community, which Latinx critics gushed over in their early reactions to the movie. Critics praised the film as a crowdpleaser and hopefully a game-changer for Latino representation in Hollywood — which would not be the first time that Chu has helmed a watershed movie for a minority group.” — , writer and critic at Slash Film
“ is THE crowdpleasing event of the season! John M. Chu’s direction shines through vibrantly staged musical sequences & intimate moments, while Anthony Ramos delivers a charismatic breakout performance in a sensational cultural celebration that will bring joy to all!” — , awards editor at Discussing Film
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