Movie Reviews: “In The Heights” and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”
This weekend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara’s 2008 Tony-winning musical Alegría Hudes comes to life in “In The Heights.” The musical film, set to the catchy beats of salsa, meringue and hip-hop, stars Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, and Jimmy Smits as residents of Washington Heights, New York.
And if you’re looking for a family movie, look no further than the live-action “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”, starring James Corden in the title role alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne as his human friends. .
Here’s what to see / stream and what to ignore this weekend:
“In the Heights” – Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace; directed by Jon M. Chu
Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara’s 2008 musical Alegría Hudes makes its screen debut in Jon M. Chu’s musical drama about big dreams, hopes and pride.
A celebration of culture, community, song and dance, the film similarly follows the plot of the Broadway hit, filled with characters involved at disparate points of struggles and aspirations in the neighborhood to Dominican dominance from Washington Heights to New York.
To catchy beats of salsa, meringue and hip-hop, “In The Heights” features bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who dreams of returning to his homeland, the Dominican Republic, to restore the old his father’s bar. Meanwhile, he deplores the rising cost of living in the neighborhood.
Then there’s Usnavi’s longtime sweetheart Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), whose American dream is to become a successful fashion designer. She knows it too well that her pursuit of excellence will surely lead her into the shameless and exciting world of downtown Manhattan.
Other main characters include salon owner Daniela, who is forced to move her small business to the Bronx, and Stanford University student Nina (Leslie Grace), the first in her family to go to college. . However, Nina’s next move could break the heart of her father (Jimmy Smits) as she plans to give up.
In the end, will everyone find a better life?
See / Screen on. A delicious, vibrant and joyful concoction of song and dance, “In The Heights” dazzles with Chu’s colorful direction, Miranda’s wonderful beats and Hudes’ heartfelt script.
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“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” – James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki; directed by Will Gluck
The sequel to Will Gluck’s 2018 live-action animated film about a bull-headed rabbit comes to life with James Corden reprising his role as the voice of Peter, joined by Domhnall Gleeson as farmer Thomas McGregor and Rose Byrne as than Bea, the love of Thomas’ life.
Based on Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book series, the film opens with Thomas and Bea’s wedding where they are reunited with family, friends and farm animals. Bea is now a much sought-after children’s author, basking in the excitement of a 23-part book series, an illustrated book about Peter and his friends. Apparently her editor (David Oyelowo) is considering a Peter Rabbit that could be nefarious – but can Bea bring herself to write about it?
Perhaps Peter’s next daring adventure can shed light on his burning question, when the Chief Rabbit and his friends suddenly team up with an ugly street thief (Lennie James) to rob a farmer’s market. In the meantime, we also learn more about other rabbits, including Flopsy (voiced by Margot Robbie), Mopsy (voiced by Elizabeth Debicki) and Cottontail (Aimee Horne).
See. Simply put, the sequel is charming, funny and entertaining, a movie the whole family can enjoy.
Watch the trailer: