Before he made Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda penned an ode to his old New York neighborhood. Now the film version, directed by John M. Chu with his trademark vibrancy and passion, arrives as a wildly exuberant, feel-good musical sure to lift your summer spirits. Though it lacks some of the gravitas and intricacies of Hamilton, it’s a must-see—not only for Hamilfans but for anyone who appreciates rock-solid musical theater.

4.5/5 stars