West Side Story Review: Steven Spielberg’s tribute to the cult musical is a victorious celebration

Simply the possibility of Steven Spielberg coordinating a melodic feels like a capricious fever dream yet in the wake of observing West Side Story, nothing has sounded good to me! His magnificently expressive vision of keeping the substance of the famous melodic unblemished, yet with a join of current narrating strategies interweaved and all the more critically, an assorted and enthusiastic cast, makes the 2021 form similarly as productive (perhaps more!) a true to life accomplishment as the exemplary 1961 10-time Oscar-winning film.


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West Side Story

West Side Story Cast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno

West Side Story Director: Steven Spielberg

West Side Story Stars: 4/5

West Side Story Review Steven Spielberg's tribute to the cult musical is a victorious celebration (1)

Simply the possibility of Steven Spielberg coordinating a melodic feels like a capricious fever dream yet in the wake of observing West Side Story, nothing has sounded good to me! His magnificently expressive vision of keeping the substance of the famous melodic unblemished, yet with a join of current narrating strategies interweaved and all the more critically, an assorted and enthusiastic cast, makes the 2021 form similarly as productive (perhaps more!) a true to life accomplishment as the exemplary 1961 10-time Oscar-winning film.

Adjusted more from the 1957 phase melodic than the Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins executive, Steven makes it outwardly realized that for him, West Side Story was an individual, familial task. We see this in his bombastic take, swaying between authenticity through the dirty characters and strange workmanship through the dim environmental elements. Spielberg’s West Side Story is additionally a nosy love letter to a 1950’s New York, especially the in a real sense rotting rubble (with a destroying ball as immediate discussion opening shot!) in Upper West Side being demolished to clear a path for the new Lincoln Center, set in the midst of the setting of a warmed contention between the Jets (drove by the presumptuous Riff [Mike Faist]) and the Sharks (drove by the ostentatiously subdued Bernando [David Alvarez]). In comes the racial victimization the Peurto Ricans by the Whites as distinctively and pridefully clarified or sung by the Jets and the police power, featured by the skeptical Officer Krupke (Brian d’Arcy James) and Lieutenant Schrank (Corey Stoll).

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While the red hot Anita (Ariana DeBose) is the well-suited kryptonite for Bernando, a ‘destined’ unexplainable adoration sentiment between an as of late paroled and Jets part Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Bernardo’s more youthful sister Maria (Rachel Zegler) prompts the developing strains between the Jets and the Sharks to arrive at a destructive end. While Tony and Maria’s romantic tale is given impressive influence, the genuine account of West Side Story stays especially on the disintegrating youth, dislodged from society at large and finding respite in irritating the other, in spite of being sorted similarly as exacting rubble to be annihilated. In addition, Steven pays in excess of a befitting tribute to the 1961 film by having its scene-taking star, the glimmering Rita Moreno return to the dearest melodic, playing Doc’s bereaved spouse Valentina who is the single beam of business as usual in Tony’s contorted dream of a typical life.

With regards to the exhibitions, Ariana conveys a knockout presentation, claiming each casing as her unbelievable canvas with irresistible cheeky certainty. Similarly redirecting, in a less riotous way, is novice Rachel, who catches Maria’s butterfly character, holding back to bloom, with calmful artfulness. Zegler appears as though she has a place in Hollywood and it checked out why she was picked among the large numbers to depict Maria. The two ladies are given a more intricate, heartfelt voice, rather than the first, where their harsh tone decreases the male self image perfectly. Indeed, even Rita’s drawn out appearance has a shining pleasure.

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This isn’t to imply that that the men were abandoned! David and Mike add their own brutally beguiling characteristics to their cloth label characters as they’re ready to add restlessness while being wonderfully indistinguishable. Ansel, then again, has a challenging situation to deal with, playing a more agreeable person instead of the exuberant bundle in all his corners. Nonetheless, Elgort’s outdated Hollywood symbol works like wizardry as you’re certainly on top of all his means, particularly with regards to his simple science with Zegler. The pair brilliantly arrange a romantic tale to pull for while Alvarez and DeBose add the perfect spicy kinds of ‘firecrackers’ extents to their enthusiastic sentiment. While Brian and Corey follow through on their task of being genuinely unlikeable, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino and Iris Menas as Anybodys, however restricted, leave an imprint too.

Remaining consistent with the foundations of the characters with a valid gathering is a glaring contrast between the West Side Story of today and the dated 1961 form, which Steven was meticulously clear with regards to when projecting. There’s likewise the way that the characters are especially mindful of their portentous, hopeless lives, yet follow the obliviousness is happiness adage, until, it returns to haunt them. We see this in mind boggling melodic numbers like Gee, Officer Krupke, just as the more abnormally flavorful arrangements like America (Ariana and David gobble this up!) to the palpitating two part harmonies like Cool (Ansel and Mike are wickedly on beat!) and A Boy Like That/I, Have a Love (Ariana and Rachel are completely energizing!). Discussing the showy melodic numbers, choreographer Justin Peck makes a wonderful showing in bringing the reminiscent music and verses by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim through the throbbing dance moves, especially, the blazing The Dance at the Gym and Jet Song. Indeed, even the exemplary heartfelt numbers like Maria and Tonight have an energetic, perky undertaking appended. Moreno’s ambivalent version of Somewhere is downright remarkable while I was likewise enjoyably enlivened by Ansel’s pétillant take on Something’s Coming and Rachel’s cheerful interpretation of I Feel Pretty, practically like the quiet before the looming storm.

As I referenced previously, there’s an equivalent equilibrium stricken between the tasteful of the past with a message to the young, which tragically sounds valid even today, however with a horrifying peak especially set up, and that is on account of Tony Kushner’s clinically proficient screenplay, which is particularly in beat with Steven’s awesome viewpoint. This checks out given how this is Steven and Tony’s third cooperation after Munich and Lincoln. Similarly surprising is Janusz Kaminski’s expressive cinematography, swinging between faintly lit to proudly brilliant, which figures out how to whisk its direction through the heart-halting melodic numbers without breaking a sweat as the more POV arrangements, as Tony and Maria’s strictly heartfelt One Hand, One Heart number during their uptown trip at a shelter. Janusz’s work is made a more stylish encounter because of Adam Stockhausen’s trustworthy creation plan and Paul Tazewell’s extraordinary outfits, from Anita’s bright, flowy skirts to Maria’s celestial, well-fitted dresses. At 156 minutes, Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn figure out how to keep the speed consistent while never wavering with regards to the master plan.

Toward the day’s end, observing West Side Story is seeing an artistic specialist like Steven Spielberg having bountiful measures of fun in the craft of blending filmmaking with theater. Furthermore to that, might I venture to say, Gee, Steven Spielberg!


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