West Side Story

This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the musical film, West Side Story. This movie was released in 2021 and has a running time of 2 hours & 36 minutes. This film is rated PG-13 for the following reasons: mild sex & nudity; moderate violence & gore; mild profanity; mild alcohol/drugs/smoking; and moderately frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this movie are Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose. The following overview is provided from the IMDB page: An adaption of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

I have a complicated relationship with this musical. The original was weaponized against me because of my heritage. So, I was looking forward to seeing how a modern take on it would be. It definitely improved the original and the things that I found offensive and gross. But my view is tainted because of my first experience. I highly recommend this film to fans of musicals. If you haven’t seen a musical before, or maybe just haven’t found one you like yet, this one is worth checking out.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the medical drama series, Private Practice. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the crime action film, Fistful of Vengeance. Until then keep consuming the cinema; Nerd out!

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