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In The Heights Ending Changes & New Meaning Explained

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In The Heights Updates: It’s been more than 10 years since In The Heights first premiered on Broadway, bringing an exclusive collection of music. But, a few alterations were made in between and it led to explain the new meaning of the film’s ending.

In The Heights is a rap-filled story of a modern-day Latinx community, with lively characters. After years of waiting, finally, the film adaption of In The Heights has arrived on the big screen, both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. A few key changes were made in the musical form, and they redefine the ending plot of the movie.

This musical film was adapted from a book by Quaiara Algeria Hudes with original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The music remains the same throughout the movie, but a few stories are changed to make this film a bit different from its original book.

At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bogeda owner, named Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life. He looks after the aging Cuban lady next door and wants to date a gorgeous lady Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), who works in a neighboring beauty salon.

In The Heights Ending Explained

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Another exciting character of this film is Nina (Ariana Greenblatt) who is Usnavi’s childhood friend. Later he understands that New York is just as much his home as the Dominican Republic.

In The Heights uses a Dominican republic framing device, in which an older Usnavi is telling the story of Washington Heights to a group of kids and one of these kids turned out to be his daughter Iris.

The storytelling device and Usnavi’s daughter were specifically created for the movie; they didn’t at all exist in the Broadway version of the musical and their presence add another layer to the film, making it quite different from its source.

The additions of this twist give way to a super-powerful ending. In The Heights becomes more about legacy, the generation gap, and the realization about the pre-existing generation. The movie ending also confirms that Usnavi’s happy ending life wasn’t short-lived, makes the film finale even more of a celebration, of a home that one sets up and builds no matter the location, and the spirit of past that transfers into the future generations.