Spielberg Makes a Classic New Again in West Side Story

Spielberg Makes a Classic New Again in West Side Story ...

Steven Spielberg has written a range of books throughout his 50-year career, but never a musical. He then directed his first and not only a musical, but a remake of West Side Story, a musical achievement of the genre, while also giving a sense of youthful maturity and romance. However, his West Side Story isn''t just about a half-century old artist merging with empty nostalgia. Though his version is vital and vibrant and urgent, bringing in subtle but important changes that alter the filmsthemes without

The film, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, features a famous Leonard Bernstein, his lyrics to Stephen Sondheim, and his 1964 film adaptation, the "Jacky Jet" and the "Jacky Sharks," which each have a strong connection to their Lower West Side neighborhood. In a wild flourish, Spielbergs'' opening shot shines through the rubble of dirty-down buildings before landing on a sign promoting the future Lincoln Center. Robbins would become one of the most

The immediate destruction (and subsequent gentrification) of the neighborhood is important to Tony Kushner''s impressive script, which adds to the tensions between the Jets and the Sharks, as the turf that they''re fighting over is changing and shrinking beneath their feet. Amidst their conflict, however, there is also love, as Maria (Rachel Zegler, and Tony, both, meet and fall for him in a quiet duet under the gymnasium bleachers. This is not a euphem

Tony and Marias bliss, as tensions between the Jets and the Sharks continue to divert, as Spielberg finds visually appealing ways to create all of it, ensuring that the original films incorporate realistic camera movements and crane shots into the musicals famous dance numbers, some of which can be easily described: Tonight, Maria, and the Sharks, while they wait for the Sharks to arrive for a war council. In 2021 it takes place later in the film, instead sung by Tony and the other Jets, warning them

In this enjoyable game, the Spielberg and Kushners screenplay does that over and over; it also adds to Robbins, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Laurents'' initial production to despise the notions of outright racism. (In this game, the police officers seem to be much less fortunate in the form of Brian dArcy James Officer Krupke and particularly Corey Stolls Lieutenant Schrank, who does not hide the fact that he has a favorite among the

The dancing in the new film, choreographed by Justin Peck, evokes Robbins graceful movements without implying them beating for beat. Other actors, including Ariana DeBose, do excellent work as the warring Bernardo and Riff. Everyone gives their own vocals, unlike the 1961West Side Story where several cast members were dubbed for their musical numbers. Zegler has an especially stunning voice that shines during her duets with Elgort, who is perhaps not the most powerful Tony

Rita Moreno, who played Robbins and Wises Anita in the first film, has also provided a bright future to both the Sharks and the Jets. While also offering a warm and welcoming welcome to the new West Side Story, Moreno adds to the film''s many more intimate moments, revealing that the story''s protagonist is still alive. Although the lyrics, however, have a more haunting effect on the whole movie.

The1961West Side Story film is regarded by many as a classic; it received the Best Picture for almost every way; the performances are stronger, the casting is better, the script is sharper, and the social commentary is more biting. Hes made something obscenistic that he feels like it was originally written about today, not the New York City of the 1950s.

8/10 RATING

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