'West Side Story' reimagines the original in Steven Spielberg's vibrant showcase for its stars

새로운 “웨스트 사이드 스토리” doesn’t entirely answer the most obvious question, 이것이 본질적으로 60년 된 고전을 리메이크하는 이유입니다.. Director Steven Spielberg nevertheless justifies the effort as a dazzling showcase for this generation’s talent, in a film whose ties to lyricist Stephen Sondheim, WHO died last month, adds to its emotional resonance.

Adapted by playwright Tony Kushner, 영화 — described as areimaginingof the originalpossesses a grittier edge, directly connecting gentrification of New York’s slums in the 1950s to the two gangs battling over their shrinking turf as if their lives depend on it. The casting and subtle touches, like not subtitling the Spanish dialogue, also possess considerably more cultural authenticity than a period where non-Latinx actors would be cast in pivotal roles.
As an added bonus, the filmmakers have not only included Rita Morenoan Oscar winner for the 1961 영화 — as the drug-store owner, but cleverly expanded that role in a way that showcases her. If the intention was to provide a reminder that the 89-year-old Moreno, a winner of every award imaginable, is a national treasure, mission accomplished.
    Beyond that, the bones of “웨스트 사이드 스토리,” itself inspired by Romeo and Juliet, remain very much intact, with the mix of jaunty tunes and lushly romantic ballads courtesy of Sondheim and composer Leonard Bernstein, in its tragic tale of love at first sight.
      Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler play the star-crossed Tony and Maria, whose instant infatuation comes in the midst of racial strife between two gangs: the Sharks, headed by her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez), and the Jets, run by Tony’s longtime pal Riff (Mike Faist), who’s mystified by Tony’s desire to leave that brutal life behind.
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        While the dance numbers are muscularly choreographed, Spielberg has tamped down some of the magic associated with director Robert Wise’s version, a decision evident when Tony and Maria first meet at the dance. 그때는, the world stopped around them; 여기, they discreetly retreat to a quiet spot behind the gym bleachers.
        It’s no slight to the male cast members to say the women outshine them. Zegler (who’ll follow this debut with another iconic role as Snow White) is positively luminous as Maria, and Ariana DeBose ably fills Moreno’s shoes as Anita, who possesses faith in pursuing an American dream that Bernardo and his rivals have given up hope of achieving.
          물론이야, “웨스트 사이드 스토리” has hardly been dormant in the intervening decades, with stage revivals and more high-school productions than anyone could count. Yet Spielberg and Kushner have toed a delicate line in crafting a movie that exhibits fidelity to the original while tinkering with it in ways that invite comparisons to the variationssome completely logical, others a bit more arbitrary.
          The film marks the first time Spielberg has tackled a musical in his storied and eclectic career, which makes the effort an occasion on that level. That he has done so in a year populated by several others, 포함 “하이츠에서”“진드기, 진드기 … 팔!,” reflects how cycles shift and the appetite for content has grown.
            궁극적으로, “웨스트 사이드 스토리” passes the “왜” test and will likely leave fans debating which version they prefer. Even those of the opinion there wasn’t a burning need for a redoreimagined or otherwiseshould conclude there’s a place for this one too.
            “웨스트 사이드 스토리” premieres in US theaters on Dec. 10. It’s rated PG-13.

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