THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, THIUGH I ALWAYS DO MY BEST NOT TO INCLUDE ANY, BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SEEN THIS MOVIE PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND.
Summery: An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Title: West Side Story
Run Time: 2 Hours 36 Minutes
Cast: Ariana DeBose, Rachel Zegler, Angel Elgort, David Alveraz, Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Mike Faist & Josh Andrés Rivera
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Tony Kushner, Arthur Laurent (Stage Play & Book)
This was way darker than I was thinking it would be, it was really heavy and honesty I found it a bit much. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original so I’d forgotten a lot about it, to the point where I honestly forgot just how serious the storyline gets within this movie. I also can’t compare if this is darker than the original as again it’s been a while since I last saw it.
Ariana and Rachel were the ultimate stars of this whole thing and are what made it watchable. They are such incredibly talented woman and wow their voices were outstanding and their portrayal of the characters perfection. Ariana really deserved that Oscar I can assure you. They were the stars of the whole thing.
The movie was very creatively made I will say that, you could see the hard work and dedication that went into it all. The story is still unfortunately relevant in today’s society, it really focused on that relevance throughout. I just didn’t find myself liking it at all, It was all much too much for me personally. The topics were too heavy, too dark, which I suppose was also to do with the relevance of the story lines, I also found pacing kinda slow in places and that was distracting.
It wasn’t a movie for me and that’s okay. It was still well made, it still had two incredible leading ladies and I enjoyed some parts of it, including the songs that you cannot help but love. I’m happy that I’ve watched it and given it a chance, in the end it just turned out it was too much for me, but it might not be for you.