3.5

In the Heights

Musical Drama


 

A screen adaptation of the stage musical tells the story of a predominantly Dominican neighbourhood in New York City, where everyone is pursuing the dream of a better life.

"In The Heights" is exuberant and swirling with energy, radiating a mood that is lively and colourful. Musical numbers fill most of the extended screen time and appear more plausible when they surface than in similar efforts. The emotional story threads are numerous but insubstantial, so it's hard to buy into the lives of the characters. Social issues too could use a little more filling in for those from outside the borough, and country. Higher and higher.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 24th June 2021
Universal Pictures 143 mins