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West Side Story (2021) - Review

I Stopped Falling The Second I Saw You. 4 / 5

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Spielberg finally gets his hands on a musical and takes the helm of one of the most influential stories of all time with the finger-snapping West Side Story.

Transporting you to 1950s New York, this does a brilliant job of creating an immersive environment for our characters to glide and spin through. Compared to the original, both gangs feel threatening and more fleshed out as the film finds a better balance of vibrant music and topical tensions.

If nothing else comes from this film - it is overflowing with award-worthy performances in many of the young cast's major feature debuts. Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose and Mike Faist just to name a few shine on the screen, setting the precedent for exciting careers ahead.

West Side Story is a great update of the timeless story though I was upset that Spielberg didn't have the guts and add an overture and intermission for the full experience.

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