West Side Story

West Side Story

The creative, often thrilling screen direction, deftly supported by inspired camerawork and extravagant orchestrations interprets the material with luminous vitality. It’s difficult to imagine a more cinematic new rendering of this piece.  All stops have been pulled.  While changes have been made to the original book of the show, nearly all of them seem clever and right, propelling the film forward with appropriate agency for a 2021 audience.  This is grand and very inventive commercial filmmaking with a number of excellent performances.   

Joins the recent remake/sequel of Candyman as another sly discourse on the fallout of gentrification and urban dystopia. Most entertaining.