Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In a two year period where we all needed to find a reason to smile, Lin-Manuel Miranda seems to know exactly how to help us forget the gloom for a few hours. Last year Hamilton was my joint film of the year (and the first ticket I booked for live shows when it came back on sale). This year, whilst not QUITE reaching the, urm, heights of its cinematic predecessor the film adaptation of his first music In the Heights is a colourful, uplifting and charming slice of immigrant life that left me singing the songs, tapping my feet and reaching for the soundtrack as soon as I walked away from the cinema. Hamilton star Anthony Ramos is as charming as you can legally can be in the lead role of Usnavi, whilst the support from cast members such as Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace and Corey Hawkins never put a step wrong. As you can probably tell I loved this film. In the Heights will be the most uplifting film of 2021 and one that deserves to be seen on the biggest most COVID friendly packed viewing possible.
Best Bit: 96,000
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins Returns, Hamilton, Moana