The New "West Side Story" Is Better Than The Iconic 1961 Film In So Many Ways, And Here's Why
Rita Moreno's performance will wreck you.
Like a lot of people (i.e. basically everyone), I'm a BIG fan of the iconic 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story — aka, one of, if not the, greatest musical films of all time. For the record, it won 10 Academy Awards, which is STILL the record holder for the most wins by a musical. And that's A LOT of Oscars for any movie, not just a musical.
So, when I heard they were doing a remake, I was skeptical AF...even with the legendary Steven Spielberg at the helm. However, as much as I love the OG West Side Story, I fully acknowledge that that film was not without its problems — from whitewashing the lead roles and brown-facing others to dubbing over actors' singing voices...let's just say these were less than ideal situations.
And I'll cut right to the chase, because...honestly? Spielberg's West Side Story is great. In fact, I dare say it's better in many ways (although, for me personally, not ALL ways) than the 1961 film. And here are 14 reasons why you should watch it:
BTW, before we get going, you should know there aren't any major spoilers ahead. But, also, the musical has been around for over 60 years, so, ya know...