West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story (2021)

Steven Spielberg directs this romantic musical, following the forbidden love of teenagers Tony and Maria in 1950s New York. Screenwriter Tony Kushner (Lincoln) has said the musical numbers will remain intact and their adaptation will be faithful to the original stage production, rather than the 1961 film. Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler play the leads.

2021Rating: M, Violence156 minsUSA
DramaMusicalRomance

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West Side Story (2021) | Awards

Award Winner
Best Film (Musical or Comedy), Best Actress (Rachel Zegler) and Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose) winner at the 2022 Golden Globes.

West Side Story (2021) | Reviews

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Slash Film

Slash Film

A dynamite blend of old-school musical showmanship and modern sensibilities.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The filmmaker honors a sacred piece of musical theatre... with some of the most exhilarating setpieces he’s ever shot, but there are a handful of puzzling missteps.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

You will leave the theatre swooning, in love with the biggest kind of big picture.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

A new milestone in the career of one of our greatest living directors.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Conviction - a commitment that can't be faked... - is what underpins, energises and ultimately justifies this West Side Story.

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Variety

Variety

West Side Story is a bursting, live-wire pageant of a movie. I just wish it had a final act that soared instead of lumbering to what feels like an overly determined message-movie landing.

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Independent

Independent

Far from a radical revisionist triumph...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Review: Steven Spielberg’s transcendent ‘West Side Story’ improves on (the) original’s greatness.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

An exuberant modern fairytale...

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The Times

The Times

Steven Spielberg has shown us how you remake one of the great movie musicals. Yet I'm not sure if, at any point in this peerless homage, he manages to show why.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Individual elements work, but (it's) just flat and stiff in the main. And Elgort a dead weight right at the centre.

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Paste

Paste

A stunning, loving spectacle that confidently scales the fence right to the top of the movie-musical pack.

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Time Out

Time Out

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner... untap fierce new resonance in the story’s treatment of immigration, race, gender, masculinity and gentrification.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Both a reimagining informed by contemporary values and a lavishly mounted throwback.

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ABC

ABC

Is it sacrilege for Spielberg to re-imagine this 1961 musical classic? Not when it's this thrilling.

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