Monday, June 14, 2021

At the Movies: In the Heights (2021)


IMDb summarizes the 2021 film In the Heights:  "A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life."

In the Heights is based on the stage musical of the same name by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars  include Jimmy Smits. The film tells the story of a corner in Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, where each member of the community pursues their dream of a better life. Immigration is one of the themes of the film.


UPDATE (June 15):  In the Heights is receiving attention, with some of it critical.  Felice Leon for The Root asks "In sum: Where are all of the leading dark-skinned Afro-Latinx folks?":

"Granted, the trailer (and film) showcased Black dancers and there were certainly Black women in the hair salon, but where are the dark-skinned Black Latinx folks with a storyline? After all, this film is placed in Washington Heights, N.Y., right?!"

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