Review of “In the Heights” (2021)

Tall buildings in New York City from an aerial POV

A man named Usnavi de la Vega narrates to his four children about his life in Washington Heights, 10 years ago. The next scene cuts to different shots of New York City as well as the opening number, called “In the Heights,” followed by the title sequence.

Usnavi introduces many people that he has encountered during that time, such as Abuelo Claudia, who was a grandmotherly figure to everyone since she’d never had children of her own. Other people include his best friend, Benny, his teenage cousin, Sonny, and his love interest, Vanessa.

Another major character that the movie focuses on includes a woman named Nina, who’s treated like a celebrity… until she reveals that she dropped out of college. She gets into a few fights with her father, who thinks he knows what’s best for her. But she has her own dreams, as do the other characters.

That is a major element of this film – people following their dreams. The movie also switches from various characters’ points-of-view, which made the story a bit hard to follow.

That being said, it did have lots of strengths, such as the numerous twists and turns. But the biggest perks of all are the musical numbers and dancing. 

As a musical, they constantly happened every few minutes or so. They all had Spanish tunes, and beyond-superb dancing. After all, the music was created by Lin Manuel Miranda, who was the first guy to play Hamilton in the respected Broadway show.

I will admit, though, that the movie did start out a bit unengaging, but drew my attention and made me enjoy it as the story progressed. There were also a lot of scenes that made me curious about what would happen. I won’t say what – you will have to see the film to find out.

I would rate “In the Heights” 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

3 thoughts on “Review of “In the Heights” (2021)

  1. Hello Sunayna and Entertainment Blog readers, in this post Sunayna wrote; “The movie also switches from various characters’ points-of-view, which made the story a bit hard to follow.” So, I did a little search on switching points-of-view, my results had to do with writing not acting though so it may or may not help. Here is my first source Its an interesting read so if your interested check it out. It starts with this; 3 Reasons to Use Multiple Perspectives in Your Story:
    1) To create complexity
    2) To develop suspense
    3) To reveal an unreliable narrator.
    Followed be this; 5 Tips for Writing From Multiple Points of View:
    1) Hone in on the most important character
    2) Use different perspectives to build characters
    3) Stick to one point of view for each scene
    4) Clearly define perspective shifts
    5) Give each character a unique perspective and voice
    I also found, “What is it called when you switch perspectives?” Head-hopping is an easy mistake for new writers when using third person alternate POV. Head-hopping refers to changing the perspective character within a scene. If you’re alternating with chapters, it also includes accidentally changing perspective within a chapter. If nothing else its something intersting.

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      1. No problem, I learned in my classes a little research never hurts. I’m more than happy to look something up now and then.


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