- Jon M. Chus’ musical drama “In The Heights” Heights” is full of praise and criticism. Let me contextualize this statement.
While many critics spilled on the screen adaptation of Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit of the same name, it has also come under fire for allegedly not representing black African Latinos fairly.
Despite the heated debate over color, there’s nothing wrong with Midas touching on Crazy Rich Asians and delivering vibrant and hopeful functions with a strong sense of community. And Anthony Ramos, who starred in the musical and even toured the musical “In The Heights” in 2012, mixed to play Usnavi de la Vega.
Set in the Dominican district of Washington Heights, the story explores the inequalities of two couples: Usnavi and ambitious fashion designer Vanessa (Melissa Barrera) and Benny (Corey Hawkins), a licensed taxi operator, and Nina (Leslie Grace). Drop out of university.
He shared, “It means everything to me. Puerto Rican from New York, my Puerto Rican family – from Naguabo, Fajardo, Ponce, a family in Lares. “It means so much to be part of a cast that has so many people from so many different countries and backgrounds. “And everyone has a different color in this film. The shadows go from lightest to darkest in this film, and that’s what excites me.
“I am so grateful to see this vast Latin community around the world. Colombia, Panama, people from Paraguay, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico. “We have to manage the reach in this film. And it’s a blessing for me to see it as an audience because I’ve never seen anything like it grow.
“As a child, I didn’t see characters who looked like me, sounded like me, talked about the food I ate or walked down a street that seemed familiar to me, where the music sounded like the music I played when I grew up doing nothing. -what. I am
“We only realized it then. Our characters in our films never look like us. “As for M. Chu’s direction, his admiration for the director could not be hidden. He said, “Working on set with John was one of the best experiences of my life. “This man is a dreamer. He’s also one of the most emotional people I’ve ever met, just in life.
“John came to us after a few shots, and you could see his eyes were red and watery, and he was leading us. John said, “Are you all right, brother? I’m like, “Yo, you okay?” “And he said, ‘Yeah, no, I’m fine.’ This one is perfect. “I just felt it.” John feels every moment profoundly and is brilliant in what he does. “
Anthony Ramos at the beginning of the “In The Heights” trailer. Photo: Warner Bros. The 29-year-old freshman continued, “And it’s a blessing to have a director who is so emotionally connected to not only himself but also the people around him.