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NELIGH, NE - SEPTEMBER 28: Dillon Smith gets popcorn for customers in the concession stand at the TK/Starlite Drive-In Theater on September 28, 2013 in Neligh, Nebraska. The theater, which opened in 1952, is one of only two drive-in theaters left in Nebraska, a state that once had almost 50. At the peak of their popularity in the late 1950s there were between 4 and 5 thousand drive-in theaters in the United States, there are now only about 350. As movie studios begin to phase out distribution of 35mm film prints in favor of digital media, the high cost drive-in theaters face when switching to a digital projection system is expected to force more of these theaters to close. The TK/ Starlite installed a digital projector earlier this year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Here’s a fun fact you may not know about me; before I got into radio, I studied musical theatre. I even have a minor in theatre from Appalachian State University. So when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new film adaptation of the musical, In The Heights was released this weekend, I knew I wanted to watch it.

Here is my totally honest review.

The music

  • The music was very cool, and uplifting for the most part. I loved the influences of different styles of music that were used for each character.
  • I will say alot of the songs sounded VERY alike. At the end of the film, there wasn’t one song that stood out to me as memorable because they were all pretty similar sounding.

The dancing

  • The dancing and choreography, matched with the editing and special effects was probably the best part about this movie. When the story itself became monotonous, the intricate dance routines and visuals kept you interested.

The story

  • The story and message of the film was great. While a bit predictable in some places (most musicals are) there were certain moments I did not see coming, and the stories shared were very relevant and important to what is happening in our country.

Final Thoughts:

  • Overall, I would give this movie a 7 out of 10. It’s definitely worth a watch, and the music and dancing are very entertaining. My unpopular opinion is that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s should not have actually been in it. His character kept popping up for no reason, and we had no reason to feel connected to him. It was like Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films but not cool at all.