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West Side Story (2021)

Music / Romance | 156 minutes
3,30 240 votes

Genre: Music / Romance

Duration: 156 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort and Ariana DeBose

IMDb score: 7,2 (88.341)

Releasedate: 8 December 2021

West Side Story plot

In New York, two teenage gangs of different ethnicities are each other's worst enemies. Tony leads the so-called Jets, while Maria is the younger sister of the leader of the Sharks. The two fall for each other, which only heightens the rivalry between the gangs.

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avatar van mrklm


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Spielberg's entry for the 'most unnecessary/pointless remake' tray follows the script of the 1961 film far too slavishly, and any change is a deterioration. Rita Morena (who played Anita 60 years earlier) must lend credibility to this inferior version of an already grossly overrated musical, modernized only by its flamboyant use of camera and editing tricks, which, however, only give the impression of the flawed dancing abilities of to disguise the cast. Anael Elgort manages to be as drab as Rudy Beymer in the lead role and Zegler is way too good-looking as Maria. And I can't imagine that I'm the only one who has been annoyed by the camera work of the otherwise always so skilled Janusz Kaminski. It seems as if he has turned one of my biggest annoyances (flaring) into art! Even better than the original!

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mjk87 (moderator films)

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Better than the previous film, but both films have a bit of the same problem. Nice, nice songs, but between the songs the film often sinks a lot and dances (without singing) sometimes take too long. Slow, not exciting, while Spielberg normally keeps that tension. Also in this version the acting isn't always great (very theatrical and melodramatic often) leaving the film aloof, although the acting is better than in the earlier version and it's not entirely terrible either. But this movie could have easily lasted well over two hours.

Visually often beautiful, with warm yellow and orange colors and later, with more drama in the story, cooler colors. That's just well done. The dances (although sometimes too long-winded) are nicely portrayed. Or that moment during the dance when Tony and Maria see each other, slowed down and in focus with all the dancers around. Very nice. And so this film is often better filmed than the previous one, but not always better. Such a song as America is festively and beautifully portrayed, but the way men and women view America came out much better in the earlier film. Now, that theme hardly comes to the fore.

The better parts give the film just a pass. 3.0*.

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