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The best word to describe this movie is vibrant - in terms of its attention to detail, to editing, to direction, it’s really quite joyful. This is one of those musicals that feels like it was made to be a movie, and Chu directs the hell out of it.
That being said, some of the conflict felt a bit…forced? And there was something about the politics of “this is kind of how things work so we’ve just gotta find a way to find joy in it!” that was kinda icky to me, but that’s the same problem I have with all of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work.
This film feels very warm and lived in, and I want to curl up in the world it creates. It does mess with this white-washed version of the “economic anxiety” debate at the beginning but luckily diverts from that to make it more of a story about relationships versus The Failure of the Market. Perhaps I’m being too generous with this rating, but this feels like one of those movies that shifts things a little bit when you watch it.