Movie Review: “West Side Story”

An unnessary remake of the 1957 classic musical.

Tony (Ansel Elgort) meets, and falls madly in love with, Maria (Rachel Zegler).

Tony, Maria

The only problem is: They come from warring sides: The white “gringos” vs the Puerto Ricans in 1950’s New York City.

And Tony and Maria’s love only increases the hatred, so much so, that….

On the fateful day of the “rumble”….

Kids die.

“West Side Story” is three movies rolled into one: Absolutely awful for the first 46 minutes and for many minutes (i.e. most of the movie) when there is no music, Spectacular (breathtaking) when the music, singing, and dancing is on screen, and last, Tragic (think Romeo & Juliet, not Hallmark).

Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), and Rito Moreno (Valentina) are STUPENDOUS.

Spielberg… not.

To see what happens, you can watch this movie on Disney+.

Note: At 46 minutes into the movie….Ansel (yes, he is singing) sings “Maria” and your breath is taken away. Too bad that magic does not last…..

Drive Safe! Never Forget.

A few much better music-centric movies, trailers, concerts, etc……


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