Steven Spielberg burrows into the DNA of “West Side Story” and its characters to recast, reconsider, deepen and clarify one of the 20th century’s most iconic musicals, writes AP Film Writer @jakecoyleAP in his review. https://t.co/V92yo9cB4G
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) December 2, 2021
Apparently the new West Side Story didn’t do well in theatres for its opening weekend. Which is a pity, and also sadly predictable, since it was very much Boomer bait and opened just as Omicron was becoming A Thing. I always intended to stream it, because the Spousal Unit is very much *not* a fan of the original, but I grew up across the river and approximately at the same time as the setting, and (I Like to Be in) America was probably the first ‘real’ song I memorized on purpose…
I like to imagine a third gang in west side story where the only unifying factor is that the members failed the dance audition for the other two
every so often the camera pans past this sad group all snapping at different times and getting frustrated
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) December 11, 2021
West Side Story sets the stage of sorta wacky hyper-stylish street gangs fighting over turf, with police only serving to maintain a white status quo. The Warriors depicts attempt at a multiracial coalition-build of said gangs. Escape From New York depicts the right-wing backlash.
— zeddy (@Zeddary) December 12, 2021
There’s people say Captain Obvious was making a joke here, but how will we ever know?
Damn. Can’t believe they smuggled a message about race, class and gentrification into the musical about white and Puerto Rican gangs having a turf war. pic.twitter.com/e3LwZlUmyB
— Abe Goldfarb (@AbeGoldfarb) December 11, 2021