Millennials talk about cinema
“IN THE HEIGHTS”
In theaters / HBO MAX
Taken together, 2020 and 2021 look like some sort of time warp.
Last spring, “In the Heights” and “Black Widow” were all set for release, and now – a year and a change later – they’re finally coming.
What a funny time we are living!
It really is the perfect time for “In the Heights”, a story of dreamers, schemers and lovers. June is a suitable release month, not only because of the setting in the movie – New York on a hot, hot summer – but also because the feel is so bright, colorful, and fun.
The film, directed by John M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) is an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical in 2008, with two screenplays by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Any conversion from scene to screen is an interesting and sometimes difficult process, of course. Here, the sets translate well, using the scope of a movie to enhance some of the vibe of the Lincoln Heights neighborhood where the overlapping stories take place.
Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), who wrote the songs, has a knack for picking out details of ordinary life and turning them into something special, much like what is said of the neighborhood matriarch Abuela Claudia she -even.
There is more than rhythm and passion to Miranda’s music.
There are glimmers of everyday life that become extraordinary.
It works better in dialogue and performance than with the digital tricks added in the movie, I think, but it’s one of the things that sets the mood for Miranda’s work.
I loved the cast, especially Olga Merediz (Abuela Claudia, whose song “Paciencia y Fe” is a show) and Corey Hawkins (Benny). Anthony Ramos is an engaging character as Usnavi, who runs a neighborhood bodega but dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic. And I’ll never complain when Jimmy Smits (Kevin) and Stephanie Beatriz (Carla) are on any screen.
Speaking of screens, “In the Heights” is definitely to watch on the biggest screen available. It’s a fun way to start the summer.
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“THE HITMAN’S WOMAN’S BODYGUARD”
First of all, let me say that this was my first movie in a real cinema since early 2020. It was a surreal experience, a mixture of feelings, like coming home to a place that I really liked. was strangely unknown – especially the part where almost everyone in the theater wore cowboy hats. I don’t remember it was a thing in theaters before the pandemic. With that said, here are my thoughts on “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodguard,” in which a vacationing bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) gets much less rest than he hoped for when his dangerous boss’s wife suddenly appears with armed assassins. on his trail.
This star-studded comedy sequel offers beautiful Tuscan landscapes, slapstick explosions, and the tongue-in-cheek attitude we’ve come to expect from Ryan Reynolds.
This is all background noise to me, because the real star of this film is Salma Hayek as the outrageous Sonia. If you pass her, she’ll rip off her blouse and splash your brains against the wall, not necessarily in that order.
Just when she seems to transform into a one-note character, Hayek brings out a vulnerability in her performance that puts the film back on its feet. This is the reason why we need to bring more actors of his caliber into action movies. So often, they seem to cast the “symbolic woman” based on her place in a leather catsuit. Hayek isn’t there to shrewdly stand in the background with a gun.
It really is her movie.
I haven’t seen the first installment of this series (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”), and I don’t think there’s any need to enjoy the rich scenery, exaggerated feats, and comic-book-level villainy. Yes, this movie is cliché but he’s very much aware of it, helped by a constant stream of dry humor from Reynolds.
After the year has passed, we no longer need perfectly written brain films. I’m more in the headspace of Sonia, whose reaction to situations usually involves primary screams of rage. So it was satisfying to be in the movies surrounded by laughter at the outrageous fight scenes and trademark curse of Samuel L. Jackson whenever he could.
“It was so much fun!” I heard coming out of the theater, and that sums up this movie. It’s ridiculously entertaining and worth it to cover up to enjoy it.
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