Why some are celebrating ‘In the Heights’ and others are criticizing it

Lin-Manuel Miranda stands on the back of a truck with his arms outstretched.
(Warner Bros. Pictures; photo illustration by Nicole Vas / Los Angeles Times)

Warner Bros.’ “In the Heights” arrived in theaters last week to mostly rave reviews, but some are criticizing the film over the lack of darker-skinned Afro-Latinx lead performers.

Here’s a closer look at the controversy and deeper coverage of Jon M. Chu’s film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical.