Friday, March 04, 2022

West Side Story

Friday night, Sharon and I watched West Side Story. This is part of our continuing journey to see all of the movies that are nominated for Oscars. West Side Story received seven nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

West Side Story is a musical romantic drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Tony Kushner. It is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name.

It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in her film debut with Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno in supporting roles. Mareno starred in the 1961 film adaptation and served as an executive producer.

We saw DeBose host Saturday Night Live in January. She is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

The movie was named one of the top ten films of 2021 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It also received four nominations at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, winning three, including Best Picture – Musical/Comedy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Zegler, and Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for DeBose.

I give the movie a luke-warm thumbs up. I was surprised that I recognized a number of the songs. As you would expect from Spielberg, the sets are amazing. I didn't know the story so was surprised at the ending. At one point, I was expecting a version of Romeo and Juliet. I do wonder how this version differs from the earlier film and the play. While I thought that the movie felt long, Sharon didn't. It is not going to win Best Picture...

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