4 Reasons Why You Need To See 'In The Heights'

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This summer's hottest new film is definitely In the Heights and here's why you need to see it ASAP.

1. It's based on the smash Broadway hit of the same name.

Debuting off-Broadway in 2007 and on Broadway in 2008, the play In The Heights was Lin-Manuel Miranda's big Tony Award-winning musical before Hamilton was even a twinkle in his eye. The play and film follow the lives of those living in Manhattan's Washington Heights, centering specifically around Dominican bodega owner Usnavi. Fans of Hamilton will be delighted to see that Usnavi is played by Anthony Ramos, who starred as both John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

2. Critics are already raving.

The New York Times described the film as an "assertion of impatience and faith, a celebration of communal ties and individual gumption, a testimony to the power of art to turn struggles into the stuff of dreams." The Independent called it "a full-throated, dizzyingly soulful adaptation" that is both "a gift" and a "musical triumph, unafraid to lift its voice up to the sky." And CNN said it's "big and vibrant" and "provides summer movie-going with a joyous jolt of adrenaline." 

3.You can see it in theaters or on HBO Max.

The film is available in theaters everywhere as of this week and it dropped on HBO Max on Thursday. Grab some friends and either fire up your popcorn machine at home or get to your local theater, stat.

4. In The Heights could help "kickstart movie theaters’ recovery" post-COVID-19.

The Guardian reported this week that "in a poll of 1,300 moviegoers by the ticketing company Fandango, 96 percent of responders said In the Heights, which follows Miranda’s successful Broadway musical, would be the first film they go to post-pandemic." And, they note, the film is "the top-selling show for this Friday and Saturday." A movie AND helping recovery efforts? You love to see it!

Discover why our writer thinks In the Heights feels like a visit to the colorful streets of New York City.

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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