In the Heights

In the Heights ★★★

Review by Muhammed Özçelik

In the Heights is a rapturous musical that espacially during the "96.000", "The Club" and "Carnaval del Barrio" sequences reminds us how much we all missed the jam packed concerts, the clubs we used to drown in sweat and our longing for the seas and pools that we throw ourselves just as we’re about to fade out from the heat, and more importantly what it means to be a part of a community. Despite being avalaible on HBO Max the same day it released on theaters and it's disappointing start in the box office, In the Heights is a movie that blesses the unique experience of the big screen. The musical narrates the events that took place at Washington Heights streets that are made of music, from the time where Irish population was dominant in the neighborhood until today. And does it in an inclusive way that covers the outcome of fighting for the small dreams from the vibrant voice of a broad base as much as possible. It evokes the value of the representation in cinema and the value of the the words belonging to it's subject through the multigenerational story of people constituting Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Chilean, Mexican and Latinx communities.

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