In the Heights

In the Heights ★★★

very weird to see others treat John M. Chu as though he's the next big thing when it comes to movie musicals, since even during the best sequences—Olga Merediz's transcendent "Paciencia y Fe" and "Carnaval del Barrio" led by the legendary Daphne Rubin-Vega—he opts for shots and cuts that make me want to d*e.

comparing Anthony Ramos to the other young members of the cast, especially his love interest, is illuminating: they're all beautiful and talented, but he's the only one with actual star quality.

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