West Side Story ★★★★

I SAW THE PLAY ON BROADWAY THE OTHER NIGHT (STARRING MY JUILLIARD BUDDY SHEEREN PIMENTEL), AND REALIZED I HADN’T ACTUALLY SEEN THE MOVIE IN ITS ENTIRETY! SO HERE WE GO!
An MGM-style Golden Age old Hollywood musical mixed with gritty realism that features really clever camerawork, well-choreographed in-camera musical numbers, memorable songs, a thunderous score, and great performances all around. Obviously I’m not a fan of brown face. But thank god for Rita Moreno.
Okay, it’s a tad too long and melodramatic, definitely overstays its welcome just a little bit. It’s careful and deliberate in its pacing, and the romance is as believable as it could be in this stylized but also “realistic” environment.
But the first half of the movie (stylized) is way better than the (post-intermission) second half (“realistic”).
But I still had a blast. I like musicals. This was great.
Great!