• 21 Aug - 27 Aug, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Lin-Manuel Miranda might be one of the busiest men in Hollywood; from penning and starring in hits like In the Heights and Hamilton and melting our hearts with his infectious tunes. He once again lends his voice and writing skills to an animated adventure in Vivo, now streaming on Netflix. Vivo (Lin-Manuel Miranda), a kinkajou (an adorable rainforest mammal related to raccoons) spends his days busking in the streets of Havana, with his owner Andrés (Juan de Marcos). They put on quite the show wherever they go, charming the hearts of locals and tourists. At the end of one long day of performing, Andrés is stunned to receive a letter from his long-lost love and former collaborator Marta Sandoval (Gloria Estefan), who tells him she is set to perform a farewell concert in Miami in the near future. Andrés is inspired by this letter, revealing that he wrote her a song all those years ago to tell her how he felt – and never played it for her. While Vivo is initially totally against the notion of leaving Cuba behind, he is inspired to go in Andrés’ place when tragedy strikes. After hitching a ride with Andrés’ niece Rosa Hernández (Zoe Saldana) and young daughter Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) back to Florida, Vivo begins his journey to bring the song to Marta. With its dazzling visuals, catchy tunes, and heartfelt story, Vivo is the platonic ideal of a film enjoyable for the whole family.