The reviews are in for the second adaptation of West Side Story.
The film follows the story of Tony (Ansel Elgort) and María (Rachel Zegler), from rival street gangs, as they fall in love. You can read more about this here.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been rated 93%, with an audience score of 97%.
Another high review comes from Common Sense Media, where it has received a five out of five rating.
On imDb, users have rated it 8.1 out of ten.
The film has received mixed reviews.
“Mr. Spielberg’s film is a revelation. He has seized the moment by rethinking and reworking the source material. The results aren’t perfect.”
“The production suffers from a heart condition of sorts, a flaw in the love story that’s flagrant but not life-threatening. Altogether, though, this pulsing, exultant musical connects a classic of American entertainment to a contemporary audience as never before,” writes The Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times express that: “Spielberg’s version, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner that substantially revises Laurents’s book and new choreography by Justin Peck that pays shrewd tribute to Robbins’s genius, can’t be called flawless. The performances are uneven.”
“But those seams are part of what makes the movie so exciting. It’s a dazzling display of filmmaking craft that also feels raw, unsettled and alive.”
You can see West Side Story in theatres now.
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