West Side Story
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
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"The movie wasn’t bad the singing at times did get annoying but the story itself was very good, didn’t like the ending. "
"Great voices. But since this was the first time I ever watched a west side story, (hadn't seen the play & only saw parts in the glee episode where they sang some of the songs. (I do know Romeo & Juliet back & forth so I kind of just focused on that background info to understand, which I think the director banked on instead of showing the audience what the story actually means)) I think the beginning was rushed. I felt lost. They spent so much time with the cops at the beginning, which established the tension but when it came to Tony & Maria's connection it was way too fast paced. I don't know how the story is, but they danced in silence then were done & immediately forever in love. Yeah, no way. Especially Maria being fine enough to defend him to her brothers love. Yes he did it because Bernardo killed Riff, but she didn't know that. So yeah no. Recommend the soundtrack not the movie. Also the Spanish goes by too quickly. You don't have time to translate if you know a little like me. Director says it was on purpose not to have English subtitles of what's said, which I get (dont agree with but get). Except in moments when it's strictly Spanish speakers speaking to other bilingual people. That's where I call BS & say they should've translated subtitles, since in the scene those involved know whats being said. When watching people speak in English but having Spanish subtitles on they translate everything. Besides, again I do understand why he chose not to, but it only drags you out of the moment the movie put you in & makes you realize you're watching a movie. Breaking the suspension of disbelief. I spend so much time pausing to give me a moment to think what it is they're saying (I know a little Spanish & can read in Spanish), & yes you do need to know since theres a lot of it. Maybe if someone doesn't know Spanish at all they weren't affected. But for those of us still learning, all it did was make this 2 & a half hour movie annoying & more like 3 hours."
"I liked this as much as I liked Romeo and Juliet, which is not at all. It was done well, but the story isn't really inspiring. These kids fall in love after seeing each other for a couple of minutes and they pledge themselves to each other because of this. Their relationship is not based on love, but lust. Just like Romeo and Juliet they are physically attracted to each other but they know nothing about one another. There was a lot of death because these kids could not keep their passions in check. But I digress "
"Even with relatively high expectations, I was surprised and mesmerized throughout. Proves why Spielberg is still among the best working today. The accolades and nominations received are all so well deserved (particularly for cinematography and direction)."
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