Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

Tricia's retro film review: West Side Story

See also

West Side Story (Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins, 1961)

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

West Side Story is the 1961 musical based on the Broadway play. The Jets and the Sharks are two rival gangs who fight each other in New York. One of the members, Tony, goes to a dance and falls in love with Maria. There’s a catch: Maria is the sister of the leader of the Sharks, Bernardo. The gangs decide to fight, Tony tries to stop the fight but is unable to save his friend, Riff. He kills Bernardo in a rage and decides to go to the police. What will happen to him and Maria?

This is a really good, creative interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that ranks right up there with other creative revisionings of Shakespeare’s plays, such as Throne of Blood. The music is really good and has some great satire, especially “Officer Krupke” and “America.” Interestingly, the Juliet character, Maria decides not to take her life, which makes her a little bit more mature than Juliet. The love story is ambiguous enough that they might have been happy if they married. Honolulu musical fans should watch this movie.

More at: Tricia’s Retro Film Reviews

Buy West Side Story at Amazon.com

Advertisement

Life

  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Gardening
    Have you ever started a garden and found a lone tomato straggler in with the strawberries?
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Adopt a shelter cat
    Ten great reasons to adopt a shelter cat: Just ask Willie Nelson's family
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Chikungunya virus
    Health news: Chikungunya virus has hit a man in Florida
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Oaks Spa
    Just keep moving is theme at Oaks at Ojai, California’s primo budget spa
    Camera
    6 Photos

Related Videos: