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In the Heights, Hamilton connections form a Lin-Manuel Miranda Cinematic Universe

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Musicals could be magic. Usually, that magic isn’t literal. Sure, it would look like Fred Astaire or Ryan Gosling from La La Land are breaking the legal guidelines of physics inside the cinematic worlds they inhabit, however usually these are simply flights of fancy amidst a principally reasonable setting. Not the tales of Lin-Manuel Miranda, if you happen to ask me.

Perhaps the most outrageous second from the new movie model of his musical, In the Heights, is when Benny (Corey Hawkins) and Nina (Leslie Grace) dance on the facet of their condo constructing. It’s a scene that both strikes you to tears or makes you attain for a barf bag, however no matter how you’re feeling, it’s magic.

And what if the magic in all of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical movies was actual? What if these characters are manipulating our pure legal guidelines and are witches, warlocks, necromancers, and the like? Including and particularly Abuela Claudia, who’s clearly the strongest caster in the world?

In a new episode of Polygon’s Galaxy Brains, Jonah Ray and I are joined by comedian and the host of the Hyphenated podcast, Joanna Hausmann, to untangle the Lin-Manuel Mirandaverse and determine whether or not or not Abuella can wield magical powers. Outlandish? Maybe. But as Joanna properly factors out, the cause why anybody would possibly even detect a “Mirandaverse” in the first place could also be much more necessary than it truly present. Here’s an excerpt of our dialog (which has been edited for readability):

Dave: The dying of Abuela Claudia is a enormous plot level in the stage play and on this film model of In the Heights. There’s additionally an necessary grandmother character in Moana. Plus Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music for the final area grandma herself, Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What’s up with this dude and grannies?

Joanna: He’s Latino! Latino tradition is stuffed with machismo, however it’s additionally a very matriarchal society. So grandmothers are perceived as folks you venerate in the household, the people who want the most respect. They are like the gods, the demigods. That grandma is principally a demigod in Moana. In In the Heights, she is sort of a demigod as nicely. She is the mom of all. Not even mom. I don’t even know what she is. She’s past a mom.

Jonah: She’s the Virgin Mary. She’s by no means had her personal children, however she has all these kids.

Joanna: Oh, bingo. It’s the Virgin Mary and Latin tradition could be very Catholic. So all of it hyperlinks again precisely to this form of concept of the mothering excellent feminine that isn’t a Hollywood trope. It’s a trope inside the Latino tradition.

Dave: Would it’s honest to say that Abuela can be magic?

Joanna: I feel she’s magic as a result of, like, who would wish to spend time with a random individual? There’s so many individuals that say, oh my God, I really like Abuela. And in the film, it’s like, OK, however what did she do?

Dave: She’s like The Godfather. She’s like Don Vito Corleone. Everybody is making an attempt to get an viewers along with her all the time.I don’t know what I should do about my bodega?” “Should I go to the Dominican Republic?” “Do you want to come with me, Abuela?” “Yeah, why not? I can put my feet in the sand and all that.” She does have, such as you stated, a demigod form of vibe. She is the most necessary individual on this group.

Joanna: And then as soon as she dies, the vigil appears like a spiritual procession.

Dave: We don’t venerate older folks in American society. Typically, we see them as a burden versus a fountain of knowledge. And I feel that’s actually unlucky as a result of, boy, we may use some knowledge in our tradition proper now.

Jonah: I do know, too, that they only discovered a misplaced George Romero film from the ’70s known as The Amusement Park, which is actually about how aged persons are sort of tossed apart. It’s like a horror film for outdated folks the place they’re simply on this amusement park and it’s an excessive amount of for them and it sort of escalates from there. But it’s like a factor that’s been taking place for a very very long time and a tradition that has grow to be so youth-focused.

For a deep dive into In the Heights, or to listen to our episodes on A Quiet Place Part II taking all the unsuitable classes from John Carpenter, Cruella’s Disney-approved punk aspirations, Josie and the Pussycats as an anti-capitalist masterpiece, the animated soul of Star Wars, and the pro-wrestling soul of Mortal Kombat, take a look at the Galaxy Brains feed, wherever you get your podcasts.

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