West Side Story ★★★★½

Family movie night. Recognizing the weaknesses of the central pair, there's so much to appreciate about what the film version of this musical gets right. What impressed me most this time around was Robert Wise's direction, which is so striking and cinematic in composition-- which is not the case with many large-format musicals of the period. The opening overhead shots alone are stunning, but Wise and Jerome Robbins choreography for the camera so well. You know Bernstein and Sondheim will make it sound good, but this is so much more dynamic than filmed theater.