Ignoring the song and dance for a moment, I found the story to be about as predictable as a child’s fairy tale, and in a way that’s how the story is presented as the movie opens with the main character telling the story to a small group of children.
However, as predictable as it is, it still feels real. Sometimes too real.
What is especially impressive is how the writer — Lin-Manuel Miranda — managed to tell the story without dragging it through the slim of politics, especially considering that this movie should have been out last year. “Dreamer” is only mentioned a few times and there is only one very short scene at a rally. It takes real talent to tell a story so wrapped up in politics without actually talking about the politics.
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I am not a song and dance kinda guy. Wish I was, but it’s not in my blood. (I blame it on the 5% Neandertal.) I only say this because I don’t feel I’m a good judge of what counts as quality in this genre. All I can say is I enjoyed most of the song/dance scenes. Only a few of them felt like they dragged on too long. Most impressive was the singing. The actors they chose have amazing voices.
About The Peetimes: I have three good Peetimes that are nicely spaced. I recommend the 2nd Peetime since it’s mostly a dinner party and the only singing is to a record playing.
There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of In the Heights. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
|Rated:||(PG-13) Suggestive References|Some Language|
|Genres:||Drama, Musical, Romance|
|Starring:||Stephanie Beatriz, Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Greenblatt|
|Director:||Jon M. Chu|
|Writer(s):||Quiara Alegría Hudes (screenplay by), Quiara Alegría Hudes (based on the musical stage play, book by), Lin-Manuel Miranda (based on the musical stage play, concept by)|
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Jill Florio Administrator
Was it kind of like Glee? I think I remember you liked that show, but it might have been from the cracked-out humor of the first season.
About an hour too long! I wanted to really like it. I love musicals! And Lin Man is a beast! But I found myself looking at my watch wondering when we were going to ‘move along’. I think you were generous with your poll grading. We can’t always agree 🙂
Dan Gardner Administrator
Yeah, I can understand that. I watched it from home on HBO Max and was looking forward to it wrapping up.