Yes, Steven Spielberg’s attempt at recreating one of the most iconic and beloved musicals of all time, West Side Story, is finally coming to Disney+ on Wednesday. I have to admit, I’m kind of excited.
After recently watching E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the first time (which was one of the most magical movie experiences I’ve ever had, I couldn’t stop crying for the last thirty minutes by the way) and seeing the last hour of The Color Purple on AMC today I was once again reminded about the incredible filmmaker that Steven Spielberg is.
He is a magician, deftly using his incredible genius to make some of the greatest movies of all time. And now I get to see how he handles a musical. That’s a fascinating thought.
Thankfully I’ve only seen West Side Story once so I’ve honestly forgotten most of the story. I’m very excited to share my review with you all and hopefully, I’ll enjoy it more than I did the original.
And then two days after that, I get to see The Batman. Oh my goodness, I’m so excited!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.
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Spielberg is trending on Twitter today over people sharing clips from West Side Story. I mean, this has to be Disney’s marketing machine at play. But acknowledging the movie for its incredible cinematography is well-deserved anyway.
I think the movie wasn’t a hit because audiences were thinking in terms of the story, and not getting excited because they already knew what the story was. But the execution, and in no small part the camera work is what sets this movie apart. The cinematic artistry in how the shots are lit and blocked and how the camera moves is what captivated me while I was watching it more than anything else. Not to say the acting and the singing weren’t effective and even outstanding at times, but this movie seemed to try extra hard to set itself apart with visuals that go far beyond what the original, more stage play-like movie was able to do.
When a movie is working on this kind of level, the basic who, what and where of the plot doesn’t matter. Like Avatar, the story might be simple, familiar or predictable, but the dynamic and energetic way the story is told is what makes the difference.
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Nice. I can’t wait to see it.
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