FBMR - West Side Story
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WEST SIDE STORY (1961) ***1/2

By today’s standards there’s something strange about two rival New York street gangs dancing around each other. But in 1961 it was a kinder, gentler America. Seriously though, the music and the choreography are phenomenal, and the confrontations are so stylized that it works. The dancing seems to add to each gang’s edge.

From an acting point-of-view, there’s nothing special. Rita Morena definitely steals the show, casting her was perfect. From a singing point-of-view, there’s nothing special either, in fact some of the guys just can’t sing well at all. But if you can get over these minor flaws, it still makes for a fun movie, based on Shakepeare’s classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”.

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