in about 100 words or less
US 152m, Colour
Director: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins; Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn
Perhaps the most ridiculous of late 1950s, early 60s Hollywood musicals, West Side Story is badly dated and full of stereotyped over tanned finger snapping ballet dancing “thugs” who shout and sing well phrased gee-whiz era slang language at each other for over two hours. Film plots based on Romeo and Juliet, are always a bore, and this one is no exception. Will Tony and Maria’s love for one another be enough to bring the Sharks and Jets together? Who cares? I sure didn’t. “Krup you” West Side Story! (Klaus Ming January 2015).